KNOX - Knox Borough Council Oct. 5 approved a request from police chief Jason Bowen and police officer Nicole Peck to launch a new DARE program.

The DARE program would primarily work with students at Keystone Elementary School.

Council approved a request from Bowen to send Peck to a two-week training program at Fort Indiantown Gap to be certified by the program.

Founded in 1983, DARE Drug Abuse Resistance Education is a highly acclaimed program that gives kids the skills they need to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs, and violence.

Peck told council members DARE has become more than an anti-drug program.

Peck said the program has made its classes and presentations more specific to certain grades.

"The program now goes into things like knowing how to call 9-1-1, knowing your address, mental health, the dangers of vapping and other things kids need to know," said Peck.

Bowen explained the DARE certification class usually costs between $800 and $1,100, however, the session Peck would attend will be free of charge, provided no COVID-19 issues arise and cancel the sessions.

"I think a lot of good could come out of it," said Bowen. "I think it will be a positive thing for the young girls in the school to see a female police officer."

Peck and Bowen said they received positive feedback from school administrators about the program.

"We'll move slow the first year and see how the kids react to it," said Peck.