Sheriff's Department unveils new DARE vehicle


The Columbia County Sheriff's Office recently unveiled a new DARE patrol vehicle, which will be used not only to promote substance abuse prevention, but also to spread awareness of autism and breast cancer. 

Sheriff David P. Bartlett hopes the patrol car will help bring attention to the important causes and prompt discussion and awareness in the community.“It’s a simple way that we can help promote early screening for breast cancer, understanding of autism, and teach kids good decision making skills through the DARE program,” Sheriff Bartlett said.

The Sheriff’s Office has a rapid respond program called Project Lifesaver to aid persons who are prone to wander as a result of autism, Alzheimer’s disease, or dementia. Project Lifesaver clients wear a watch type wrist band transmitter which emits a tracking signal. When a caregiver, parent or guardian reports that someone is missing and may have wandered away, a search team from the Sheriff's Office responds to the area and uses a hand held directional unit to aid in locating the person.

The Sheriff’s Office also works to raise awareness and funding for cancer testing and treatment. Each year, staff that chose to participate in a fundraiser called “No-Shave November.” Participants ditch shaving for the month of November and make a donation symbolic of the money typically spent on shaving and grooming. All proceeds are donated to the Columbia County Community Cancer Fund, a program of the Columbia County Community Healthcare Consortium, to assist cancer patients with the financial burden associated with diagnosis.

To learn more about the Sheriff’s Office Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, Project Lifesaver program, or No-Shave November fundraiser, visit their website

(Photo: Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett with Columbia County Community Healthcare Consortium Executive Director Claire Parde)

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