August 31, 2023 by David Miller
Four Bossier Sheriff’s deputies graduate DARE school
Bossier Sheriff’s deputies Marcus Hays, Ronald Crook, Mark Fortenberry, and Brandon Dunn have
successfully completed their certification as D.A.R.E. instructors for Bossier Parish Schools. On August
25th, 2023, these four School Resource Officers graduated from the prestigious Louisiana D.A.R.E.
Officers Training course held in Alexandria, Louisiana. They proudly join the ranks of the 46th
graduating class, having undergone a comprehensive two-week program designed to equip them with the
necessary knowledge and insight to effectively teach D.A.R.E. lessons to their students. Also, this training
challenges them to become mentors, guiding students towards making safe and healthy decisions
throughout their lives.
D.A.R.E., an acronym for “Drug Abuse Resistance Education,” focuses on empowering fifth-graders
with the tools to resist the dangers of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, violence, and other societal evils that
children face today. Additionally, the program addresses the critical issue of bullying. The SROs,
supported by Sheriff Julian Whittington and the Bossier Parish School Board, take on the responsibility
of teaching this vital anti-drug and violence course.
With their newfound expertise, Deputies Hays, Crook, Fortenberry, and Dunn are poised to make a
significant impact on the lives of the students they serve. Their commitment to creating a safe
environment, coupled with their role as mentors, will undoubtedly shape the future of these young
individuals. Sheriff Whittington commended their unwavering dedication and wish them every success
in their mission to educate and protect the youth of Bossier Parish.
“The DARE program is a critical part of helping students avoid making bad choices when it comes to
drugs and violence, our deputies understand the importance of this program and the impact it can make
on the lives of students”, said Sheriff Whittington.
LT. MATT GAYDOS