The Copley Police Department has specially trained officers who work with our children in the classroom. The DARE Program (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is presented in the Copley-Fairlawn Schools. The subject matter includes lessons on drug use and misuse, personal safety, resistance techniques, decision making, and risk-taking.

8th GRADE GRADUATION - Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

During the 10 weeks of D.A.R.E. education, Officer Harris and the students covered topics such as making the right choices, consequences, bullying, human trafficking, and drugs and alcohol.  The students were also able to ask questions and discuss issues they were concerned with during this time.  At the end of the session, each student wrote an essay explaining to Officer Harris what D.A.R.E. meant to them, and they were fantastic!  Officer Harris read each and every one of the 250 essays and was very impressed with the detail, quality, and personalization. GREAT JOB 8TH GRADERS!! The speaker of this session was Officer Sarah Shendy.  Officer Shendy stressed to the students that no one knows what is going on in other people's lives and they need to be kind and compassionate with each other as well as leading by example. Please click on the link below to view other pictures from this year's 8th-grade graduation.

DARE graduation, 8th grade

8th Grade Graduation 2019


After the D.A.R.E. picnic the Copley-Fairlawn Middle School Staff, student body, and district administrators surprised Officer Ballinger with a retirement party!  Officer Ballinger was recently promoted to the Detective Bureau at the Copley Police Department, so even though he has retired from teaching D.A.R.E., you will still see Detective Ballinger on the road and in the schools.  Please feel free to say hello or give him a high five!  Thank you Detective Ballinger for your support and commitment to the students within the Copley School District and beyond.  Please click the link below to view all the pictures from this event. The two (2) below are showing his overwhelming shock of walking into the gymnasium with over 1,000 students and staff surprising him!

Retirement Surprise!

D.A.R.E. Honoring Det. Ballinger May 2019D.A.R.E. Honoring Det. Ballinger May 2019