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.

D.A.R.E. - January 2019

During the month of January D.A.R.E. Officer Tom Ballinger met with the 6th grade students to show them how being under the influence of alcohol or marijuana would affect their functionality.  There were seven (7) stations each with a pair of goggles which simulated different degrees of alcohol content, and one pair of goggles which simulated the effects of being under the influence of marijuana.  The stations included catching a ball, throwing a ball into a basket, playing four square, hitting a ball with a paddle (which another student tossed to them) and use a ball to bowl and knock down pins.  Students witnessed first-hand how impaired ones vision, depth perception and their reaction ability changes while under the influence.  We even had a few pairs play patty cake with the goggles on.  Please take a look at the photos and videos by clicking the link provided below.

D.A.R.E. Photos January 2019



8th Grade D.A.R.E. Graduation - Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Congratulations to the 8th Graders at Copley-Fairlawn Middle School for completing the D.A.R.E. program! (Drug Abuse Resistance Education)  The program runs for seven (7) weeks under the direction of Officer Tom Ballinger.  D.A.R.E. is an education program that seeks to prevent the use of controlled drugs, violent behavior and to promote the use of good choices.  Copley Township Trustee Bruce Koellner spoke to the students in regards to making good choices, being responsible for their actions and knowing that their peers, teachers and community members are always there for them even after they've graduated from D.A.R.E., 8th grade and high school.  Trustee Koellner stressed that Copley is a community that stands with each other and supports each other always.

D.A.R.E. graduation

Lieutenants Trustee Koellner

DARE entire room


Copley Police Officers are very involved in the Copley-Fairlawn Schools and in our Community. Officer Sarah Shendy has been involved with the Copley-Fairlawn DARE Program since 2010 and is a huge advocate for this program. Officer Shendy states, "It's the single most thing that's changed my life and helped me advance personally and professionally." She has made many friends over those years.  Officer Shendy met Samantha M. in 2011.  Samantha was only 6 years old at the time. She was in the first grade.  That's where their relationship started and blossomed.  Samantha is now 13 years old.  Their friendship has grown over the years and hopefully will last a lifetime.  

Officer Shendy and SamanthaOfficer Shendy and Samantha 

Officer Shendy and Samantha