Programs, Education and Services Provided by the Woodford County Sheriff's Office
D.A.R.E is a police officer lead series of classroom lessons that teach children in the 5th grade to 8th grade how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence free lives. The D.A.R.E program is more than just a drug prevention education; it teaches students good decision making skills to help them avoid high-risk behavior to ensure they grow up healthy, safe and secure. D.A.R.E is universally viewed as and internationally recognized model of community policing. The United States Department of Justice had identified how D.A.R.E benefits local communities.
The bottom line-to combine the best research and science with the world's most effective delivery system - D.A.R.E.
GREAT- Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) is a gang and violence prevention program built around school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curricula. The program is intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership for children in the years immediately before the prime ages for introduction into gangs and delinquent behavior. GREAT lessons focus on providing life skills to students to help them avoid using delinquent behavior and violence to solve problems. The GREAT program offers a continuum of components for students and their families.
TRIAD- TRIAD is a partnership, which involves senior citizens law enforcement agencies (Sheriff/Police/District Attorney) and support/protective services (Councils on Aging/Elder Services/Clergy, etc) that agree to work together. Their primary goals are to reduce the criminal victimization of older citizens and enhance the delivery of services to this population. TRIAD provides the opportunity for and exchange of information between law enforcement, support services, and senior citizens. It focuses on reducing unwarranted fear of crime and improving the quality of life for seniors. TRIAD is tailored to meet the needs of each community and is guided by a S.A.L.T Council (Senior and law enforcement together). TRIAD can be an integral part of community policing.
Crime Stoppers- Founded in 1981 for the purpose of helping to develop a community offensive against crime, Crime Stoppers seeks to promote community welfare by assisting the various law enforcement agencies of Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford Counties in the apprehension and conviction of criminals. By raising funds and providing rewards, Crime Stoppers seeks to motivate members of the public to cooperate with law enforcement officials to solve crime.
Neighborhood Watch- Neighborhood Watch Program (housed within the National Sheriff's Association) has worked to unite law enforcement agencies, private organizations, and individual citizens in a nation-wide effort to reduce crime and improve local communities.
Explorers- Law Enforcement Career Exploring is open to young men and women ages 14(and have completed 8th grade) through 21 years old with an interest in learning more about the careers in the field of Law Enforcement. Exploring provides educational training programs for young adults on the purposes, mission, and objectives of law enforcement. The program provides career orientation experiences, leadership opportunities, and community service activities. The primary goals of the program are to help young adults choose a career path within law enforcement and to challenge them to become responsible citizens of their communities and the nation.
Prescription Drug Collection- the drug collection and disposal program provides a safe disposal location for citizens of Woodford County and surrounding counties to dispose of unused prescription and over the counter medications properly. The drug box is located in the Woodford County Public Safety Building / Courthouse Main Lobby and drugs can be dropped off at any time.
The Deputy assigned as the DARE / Crime Prevention Officer / School Resource Officer is the Sherriff's Office representative for the educational / Public Service programs provided to the county. If you would like more information or have questions regarding any of the educational programs or public services provided by the Sheriff's Office Crime Prevention and Education Division contact Deputy Angela Holocker at 309-467-2375
DARE-Drug Abuse Resistance Education/5th grade youth in Woodford
GREAT- Gang Resistance Education and Training/4th grade youth in Woodford
TRIAD- Crime Safety for seniors of Woodford County File of Life/911 Cell Phone collection- for seniors in Woodford County
CASA- Citizens Against Substance Abuse in Woodford County CASA Youth Coalition Project Sticker Shock Campaign-to prevent underage liquor sales
Crime Stoppers- Tri County Area
Neighborhood Watch- Crime Prevention Program
Safe Kids- Certified Technician in Child Safety Seats
Explorers- Explorer lead advisor and program coordinator
Focused Group- Teen Safe Driving Campaign, Minonk
Allstate Foundation Teen Safe Driving Program- Metamora
Bike Rodeo's- Health Department and U of I extension bicycle safety programs
Operation Teen Safe Driving in Woodford County
Summer Festivals- distributing lifesaving and educational information
Prescription/OTC Drug Drop Off Program- keeping prescription drugs out of our water sources and out of the wrong hands
Alcohol Compliance Checks- Woodford County
Woodford County Sheriff's Department Christmas Project- provide presents to needy children in Woodford County
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