"LAPD Officer Receives National DARE Officer of the Year Award"
Los Angeles: On Monday, July 22, 2002, Los Angeles Police Officer Glenn Bedford received the "National DARE Officer of the Year Award." The award was presented at the National Training Convention Program at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) is a grass roots school based life skills program that became the model for curricula that is taught nationally and worldwide. The success and growth of the program has been attributed to many elements. However, the experts agree that the most positive influence of the program is the officers who are involved in the program. Officer Bedford was recognized as an officer who demonstrates an outstanding degree of teaching ability and dedication to children not just in Los Angeles but wherever he encounters them.
Officer Bedford is a 28-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department. During his 14-year tenure as a DARE instructor, he has dedicated himself to ensuring that the children of Los Angeles are equipped with skills necessary to resist the pressures to use drugs or becoming involved in gangs.
Officer Bedford has not only distinguished himself as a classroom instructor but as a mentor and trainer for hundreds of new DARE officers. Bedford has also responsible in the development of several DARE curricula as well as the format for the actual training of other officers.
Over the years, Officer Bedford has contributed many hours of his own time assisting numerous non-profit organizations and activities for children in the Los Angeles area.
This press release was prepared by Public Information Officer Jason Lee, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.