Two new Columbus officers to teach DARE program in schools

Two more Columbus police officers are now certified to teach the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program in local schools.

According to the Columbus Police Department, Zach Romero and Ethan Boutwell have completed the two week training program held in Fishers this summer. Both are two-year veterans of Columbus Police Department assigned to the police department’s patrol division.

The officers will teach a one hour class each week focusing on educating sixth grade students about the dangers of drugs and the importance of making good decisions, police say.

Romero and Boutwell will join seven other Columbus officers that currently teach DARE in local schools. The 32nd year of DARE classes in Columbus schools are set to start next week.

Officer Ethan Boutwell
Officer Zach Romero