SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER
Our School Resource Officer is Officer Marcus Niedner. Marcus is dedicated full time to M.S.A.D. #11 focusing the majority of his time to the Gardiner Area High School http://www.sad11.k12.me.us/ where his office is located.
While in the schools, Marcus assists the school staff in maintaining a safe, structured learning environment. The School Resource Officer is available for counseling with school staff, parents and students. Marcus also visits classrooms and helps teach students about law enforcement and community responsibilities.
His rapport with our youth is an invaluable asset to our team.
This year 35 million school children around the world--26 million in the U.S.--will benefit from D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), the highly acclaimed program that gives kids the skills they need to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs, and violence. D.A.R.E. was founded in 1983 in Los Angeles and has proven so successful that it is now being implemented in nearly 75 percent of our nation's school districts and in more than 44 countries around the world.
D.A.R.E. is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teaches children from kindergarten through 12th grade how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives. The program, which was developed jointly by the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Unified School District, initially focused on elementary school children. It has now been expanded to include middle school and high school students.
The D.A.R.E. curriculum was designed to be taught by police officers whose training and experience gave them the background needed to answer the sophisticated questions often posed by young students about drugs and crime. Prior to entering the D.A.R.E. program, officers undergo 80 hours of special training in areas such as child development, classroom management, teaching techniques, and communication skills. 40 hours of additional training are provided to D.A.R.E. instructors to prepare them to teach the high school curriculum.