The Sundance Police department has many projects that we work on in shaping and developing the minds of the youth in our community. Every spring we put on Bike Safety Rodeo, for elementary children. This event teaches our children the proper techniques of riding a bike safely in Sundance. This is though a course which works on balance, riding, stopping, starting and when to walk and when to ride. We provide the children with prizes at the the end of the event, where kids may leave with a new bike. We do this event in conjunction with a local bike club, the Sundance Chain Gang Mtn Bike Association. We also have the help and assistance of the Sundance Ambulance service. When available we also provide brand new bike helmets to those kids that have none. McGruff always comes and assists with our Bike rodeo when time allows.
In the summer during fair we also put on Bike Relay race for kids of all ages at the Crook County fairgrounds. We utilize the Sundance High School track, and many kids do laps to win the relay race. During this event we talk with the kids about the rules of the road, and utilizing hand signals to tell motorists and others what their plans may be while riding their bikes.
D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a police officer led series of classroom lessons that teach children from K-12 grade how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug free and violence free lives.
D.A.R.E. was founded in 1983 in Los Angeles, California and has proven so successful that it is now implemented in 75% of our nations school districts and in more than 43 different countries around the world.
The Sundance Police Department has 2 certified D.A.R.E. officers. One teaches D.A.R.E. in the elementary school and the other teaches in the middle school setting. Both programs give kids the skills they need to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs, and violence. Both officers went through 80 + hrs of special training in areas such child development, classroom management, teaching techniques and communication skills.
The D.A.R.E. program offers an opportunity for law enforcement and young people to build a mutual relationship of trust and respect. It also opens lines of communication with the schools and parents which also assists with dealing with other issues that may arise in other settings that occur outside of the D.A.R.E. program.