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D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a collaborative effort by DARE certified law enforcement officers, educators, students, parents, and the community to offer an educational program in the classroom to prevent or reduce drug abuse and violence among children and youth. The emphasis of the core program (grades 5-6) is to help students recognize and resist the many direct and subtle pressures that influence them to experiment with alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, inhalants, or other drugs or to engage in violence.  

The Ross County Sheriff's Office DARE division is currently staffed by  Deputy Richard Groves. A very important member of the DARE team is "DEPUTY DAREN". Deputy Daren is a educational robot whom helps to get important messages about drugs and provide safety tips to the youth of our county.

The DARE team offers a DRIVERS SAFETY COURSE to the teens of Ross County so that they can learn how to drive safety. Please call the office for more information.

The office number is (740) 773-1186. Although this deputy are frequently out of the office, all calls are returned as soon as possible and our best efforts are given in order to assist the people and organizations of Ross County. You may also e-mail Dep. Richard Groves at




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