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Three Henry County deputies graduate from D.A.R.E. program

HENRY COUNTY, VA – On Friday, the Henry County Sheriff's Office announced via a Facebook LIVE video the return of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program to the community for the first time in over 20 years.

The Sheriff's Office said deputies Ashley Norton, Gabe Hagwood and Jeff Jones graduated from the Virginia D.A.R.E. Training Center after successfully completing the intense two-week training course.

The deputies are ready to build relationships and educate the youth on a wide array of topics such as drug and alcohol awareness, vaping, online and social media safety along with bullying prevention and teen mental health.

The D.A.R.E. curriculum is the most comprehensive K-12 prevention education program in the world, according to the sheriff’s office.

The program focuses on general life skills education to encourage and support good decision making for a safe and healthy life.

“The need to educate the youth of this community about these issues is paramount to the Henry County Sheriff's Office. We believe that educating our youth about these dangers is the first step in preventing the next generation of substance abusers. Invest in our youth, they are the future of this community,” the sheriff’s office wrote in a Facebook post.

From left, deputies Jeff Jones, Ashley Norton, and Gabe Hagwood graduated from the Virginia D.A.R.E. Training Center on Friday.

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