Ofc. Lyons Graduates DARE with Top Honors

Earlier this year, Charlestown Police Chief Timothy Wolff announced that Officer Brandon Lyons, a five year veteran of the department; would replace Sgt. Adam Clark as the department’s School Resource Officer, beginning the 2021-22 school year.  Sgt. Clark, who is moving into a Shift Supervisor role within the department; has been assisting Officer Lyons with the transition since January.  The Charlestown Police Department, in cooperation with the Greater Clark School Corporation, currently assigns a certified School Resource Police Officer assigned to Jonathan Jennings Elementary and Charlestown Middle School, in Charlestown.

This past week, as part of his training and transition, Officer Lyons completed the two week course to become a Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) Officer instructor; which will enable him to continue the department’s tradition of teaching the D.A.R.E. curriculum to students in his assigned schools.  Additionally, Officer Lyons is trained to teach enhancement lessons such as Elementary Gangs and Role Models, and High School “Celebrating Safely”, Vaping and “More Than Sad:  Teen Mental Health.  Officer Lyons not only completed the D.A.R.E. course, but received their “Top Student” award for their 2021 class.  “Brandon exudes positive energy with his students and classmates, alike”; stated his Indiana DARE Course Evaluation Report.

The Charlestown Police Department would like to take this opportunity to congratulate and recognize Officer Lyons on his outstanding performance at DARE school; and his total commitment to his new position with daily interactions with our students.  “Over the past two weeks, I spent over 80 hours in the classroom completing lesson plan outlines and preparing for several presentations culminating with a 45 minute presentation during the second week. The two week course was an enjoyable challenge thanks to the efforts of the D.A.R.E. Officer Training Staff and the camaraderie of the seven other Officers attending the training. I hope to exceed the expectations placed on me by previous Charlestown PD SRO/D.A.R.E. Instructor’s, Chief Tim Wolff and Sergeant Adam Clark, their guidance and support has been monumental in my preparation for my new position. Charlestown is home to me, from my handprint on the walls of Jonathan Jennings Elementary School to being a member of the 2011 Charlestown High School Graduating class. I look forward to serving the Charlestown Community, Charlestown Middle School, and Jonathan Jennings Elementary School for the years to come”; commented Officer Brandon Lyons.

For more information on the CHPD School Resource Officer Division, visit www.ctownpd.com/SRO.