Since 2001, Officer Jeff Toth, in cooperation with The Austintown Local School District, Austintown Police Department, Austintown Trustees and the Attorney General of the State of Ohio has been teaching the D.A.R.E. curriculum to students in grades kindergarten, first, third, fifth, seventh and tenth. This repetitive contact reaches around 3,000 children yearly. Over 400 students have graduated from the program for a total of approximately 2,500 since the program started. Graduations are for completion of the core curriculum which is during the 5th grade in Austintown Middle and Frank Ohl Middle Schools; and 6th grade at St. Joseph’s & Immaculate Heart of Mary Schools.

In addition to the drugs and violence prevention, DARE in Austintown presents the police officer in a helping role – ” I want to keep kids out of trouble & safe; learning to make good decisions so that they grow up as
adults that know how to make good decisions”.

Officer Toth retired in 2019. Since then, the program has been taken over by Patrolman David Potkonicky who continues to teach in the Austintown Local Schools for the Austintown Police Department.

To view our local school DARE web site click here.

  • Avoiding the situation
  • Strength in numbers
  • Walking away
  • Cold shoulder
  • Saying “NO”
  • Giving a reason or fact
  • Changing the subject
  • Repeated refusal, or keep saying no (skipping CD)
  • Use humor
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