Twenty-four Charles County students learned why its important to "Just Say No" to drugs and got an inside look at law enforcement operations after participating in the 13th annual Drug Information and Prevention Seminar hosted by the Charles County Sheriffs Office August 2-5.
The camp, which was coordinated by Cpl. Don Kabala and Cpl. Rhett Calloway, focused on drugs and why they are dangerous. The students also learned about a variety of other law enforcement topics, including alcohol enforcement, traffic operations, firearms safety, the K9 Unit, the Crime Lab, the Emergency Services Team, Teen Court and Vice/Narcotics through presentations and demonstrations by Charles County Sheriffs Office employees. The Charles County Health Department and the Department of Juvenile Services also gave presentations during the camp and the students participated in the Truth and Consequences program. The students also visited the Southern Maryland Criminal Justice Academy and the former Charles County Detention Center to learn about employee training and jail operations. Sheriff Frederick E. Davis presented certificates to each of the students on August 4 and students celebrated their completion of the program the following day with a field trip to Chesapeake Beach Water Park in Calvert County.
"I am very proud of all of these students for taking time out of their summer vacations to learn about why they need to say no to drugs," said Sheriff Davis. "They are going to start the new school year armed with very important knowledge that I hope they share with all their friends and classmates."
The Just Say No program is one of many youth programs hosted by the Charles County Sheriffs Office each year. For more information about these programs, contact the Public Information Office at 301-609-6538 or visit www.ccso.us.
PHOTO: Twenty-four students participated in the 13th annual "Just Say No" program hosted by the Charles County Sheriffs Office in August. >From left to right are (front row) Kwmane Queen, Sarah Smith, Chanice Thompson, William Le, Shannon Gilroy, Erinn Tillman, Stephanie Cano, Emily Trefry, Sheriff Frederick E. Davis (middle row), Cpl. Don Kabala, Chandra Thompson, Lamirra Robinson, Casey Chapman, Nicole Pitonyak, Elizabeth Hines, Jeffrey Banks, Justin Ram, Tyler Wood, (back row) Steven French, Michael Thomas, Jessica Thomas, Gabrielle Stuart, Ethan Stewart, Ashley Toye, David Hurley, Melanie Connover and Cpl. Rhett Calloway.