The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department presented a special “Just Say No to Drugs” program at El Dorado Adventist School during Red Ribbon Week.
Sheriff John D’Agostini was part of the panel educating the kindergarten through 12th grade students about drugs and other aspects of law enforcement.
There were two assemblies — one for the younger grades and one the upper grades and then the entire student body heard from representatives from the Sheriff’s Department, narcotics personnel and the National Guard.
The attack dog demonstration and the sniffing-for-drugs dog were a big hit with the students. For the attack dog demonstration the students voted for Brian Golmitz, a student’s dad to take part.
The students were told that there are always public servants on duty to be there for them. To stress that the officers may not always be obvious, the students were asked if they could see an officer hiding on the school property. No one spotted him until he stood up from his crouched position where he had blended into the landscape dressed in his shredded-camouflage shroud.
The students then looked at two more areas around the field, where two more hooded, camouflaged officers went undetected by the students even when told where to look.
Several vehicles were on campus for the students to explore, gear was tried on and a remote-controlled robotic vehicle demonstrated. While all that took place on the field, a Sheriff’s Department helicopter landed and all the students were able to get an up close look.
Many of the students took advantage of the opportunity to be fingerprinted by STAR volunteers.
Staff, students and parents were thrilled by the presentation.