Sgt. Jackie Turner, with the Laurens County Sheriff's Office, chose a different path in her law enforcement career and began to educate the students of District 55 about the dangers of drugs. She chose to be different, followed her heart and became a certified D.A.R.E instructor.
Sgt. Turner took over the D.A.R.E. program when Lt. Larry Young passed away. Lt. Young was the face of the D.A.R.E program for many years and Sgt. Turner took the torch and sparked the program to continue to thrive.
This semester, Sgt. Turner taught D.A.R.E classes at Ford Elementary, E.B Morse Elementary and Hickory Tavern Elementary. Over the last three weeks, 219 boys and girls graduated from her program.
Each of the students received a D.A.R.E t-shirt, certificate and a special gift honoring them for their participation and successful completion of the program.
“Thanks for all you do and the lives that you are impacting on a daily basis,” said LCSO Chief Deputy Jarvis Reeder. “Congratulations on a job well done.”