Saugeen Shores Police Service has launched a new in-school educational program called K.I.D.S. The new program replaces the DARE (Drug Awareness Resistance Education) program which had been in effect for many years in Saugeen Shores.
Constable Ian Clarke with some of the students of G. C. Huston Public School in SouthamptonK.I.D.S. stands for Knowledge, Issues, Decisions and Support. The new program is about empowerment, mutual respect, social/digital media awareness and the law and values of society. K.I.D.S. utilizes interactive teaching tools where much of the content is driven by the students.
The program was developed by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and educators to be a contemporary program that adheres to the provincial education curriculum. This program was first introduced in schools in 2013. In addition to the OPP, many municipal police services now use K.I.D.S. in their local schools.
Police Constables Ian Clark and Matt Tutin rolled out the program to grade six students at all local primary schools this month and it will be administered over two weeks with 10 one-hour sessions.
K.I.D.S. is designed to create and reinforce strong relationships between young persons and police.
Constable Clarke is often asked to speak to various community organizations and service club to explain the K.I.D.S. program.