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.


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


May 28, 2019, was the 6th-grade D.A.R.E. picnic!  After weeks of lessons with Officer Ballinger, it was time to celebrate the students' accomplishments.  Below are only two pictures of many. Please click on the link to view all the pictures for this event.

6th Grade D.A.R.E. Picnic

D.A.R.E. picnic May 2019D.A.R.E. picnic May 2019