The Sartell Police Department has two School Resource Officers assigned to School District 748. Officer Rob Lyon and Officer Adam VandeVrede share duties in the district's five school buildings. The Sartell/St. Stephen School District is not a dangerous crime-ridden environment requiring extreme security measures. On the contrary, we feel it is one of the finest and safest school districts in the state and part of the reason is the relationship the children develop with the officers as they work their way through school.
The School Resource Officers are a proactive presence to prevent the degradation of these qualities. They administer the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program (D.A.R.E.), the Gang Resistance And Drug Education program (G.R.A.D.E.), Police Activities League (PAL) and Family Group Conferencing.
In 2018, the Sartell D.A.R.E. program completed its 27th year. The D.A.R.E. America group revised the training curriculum which is now more age appropriate for 6th graders than the 5th graders to which D.A.R.E. had been taught in the past. During the summer, the two SRO's handle the implementation of the Police Activities League (PAL) and bike rodeo as well as fill patrol shifts and assigned juvenile calls for service.
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