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(please note the following article from DARE News – June 2018)
Salem Police Officer Receives National Recognition
The Salem Police Department proudly announces Senior Officer Craig Seibel has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the D.A.R.E. America Daryl F. Gates Lifetime Achievement Award. D.A.R.E., which stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education, is a skills and prevention- based program taught by law enforcement officers all across the United States to students in elementary, middle, and high school. Within the Salem-Keizer school system, the program is taught at the fifth-grade level. Seibel has taught the program since 2002.
Seibel’s supervisor, Sergeant Jeff Wiedemann of the Youth Services Unit noted, “Craig has served in multiple assignments here at the police department, everything from the Patrol Division to the SWAT team. Yet, it is his assignment as D.A.R.E. officer that has set him apart.” Adding, “Each school day Seibel presents information to the student and he facilitates open discussion and real learning with his students.
The 25-year veteran officer’s enthusiasm and dedication to helping students make safe and healthy decisions are a couple of reasons he remains relatable to past, present, and even future students. Once teaching at schools is done for the year, Seibel spends the summer attending community events and children’s activities speaking with kids of all ages and their families about drug use prevention.
Seibel is also passionate about fundraising for the program. Each year he makes connections with local business leaders and private organizations to ensure the supplies he needs for his students is paid with no cost to the families. In his 16 years as D.A.R.E. officer, Seibel has raised nearly a quarter-million dollars.
For DARE Information Contact:
Senior Officer Craig Seibel Salem Police Department 555 Liberty St SE, Room 130
Salem OR 97301