The Estevan police service is teaming up with other organizations to bring their message to the schools.

"We're working right now," shared Police Chief, Paul Ladouceur, "collaboratively with the RCMP, Weyburn Police, our health authority, and our schools to deliver a drug education program."

"The idea behind doing this collaboratively is that we will be delivering the same program regardless of boundaries."

"If you're part of the Cornerstone School Division then it doesn't matter what school it is, you're going to get the same type of program taught the same way."

He added that there is an advantage to have a variety of perspective talking about the dangers of drugs in youth. The community programming officer, Monica Rae, who has a social work background can speak on the social impacts of drugs while a police officer can come in and highlight the criminal aspects.

"It's not the police's sole responsibility to make sure our kids are safe, it takes a collaborative approach from all our community services to ensure that safe environment for our kids."

"We want to get to our youth when they're young. We want to put all our resources frontend loading that because that's the time that it matters most when our young kids are making those decisions that could impact the future and making those healthy choices."



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