The Mt. Vernon Police Department joined the D.A.R.E. program in 1990, and was under the guidance of Chief Earnest. In 1997, Asst. Chief Lacey took over the D.A.R.E. program and has been the instructor since. He currently teaches kindergarden through 8th grade, and it is estimated that throughout the years of his instruction, he has reached over 1,300 students.
Asst. Chief Lacey has recently become a D.A.R.E. Mentor, which means that he is able to instruct other officers from around the State of Missouri to become D.A.R.E. officers. D.A.R.E. is currently taught in 44 countries around the world, and has proven itself to be a very successful program. To learn more about D.A.R.E., or if you want to make a donation to help the program, contact Asst. Chief Lacey Lacey.
In 2010, Asst. Chief Lacey started a fun competition between the 6th grade D.A.R.E. classes. He had heard that several of the veterans, who live at the Missouri Veterans Home in Mt. Vernon, were going without necessary daily items. The items include toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, towels, and the list goes on. Lacey thought it would be a great idea to have the 6th grade D.A.R.E. classes bring in donations to help the veterans towards the end of the school year, and the class who donated the most items won a prize and special treats. In 2010, the 6th grade students donated 1,230 items and in 2011 they donated 1,550 items. Each year the winning class takes a school bus to the veterans home and delivers the items to them.
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