Episode 31 | A Chat with D.A.R.E. Officer Tim Boltenhouse

In this episode of The Good Stuff podcast, host Andy Tomlinson interviews Tim Boltenhouse. Tim talks about how he became a police officer and now a D.A.R.E. officer. Andy and Tim also talk about what good stuff he does for the kids.

Episode Highlights:

  • Tim talks about his background and what led him to Chillicothe. (0:44)
  • Tim mentions that becoming a police officer was a childhood dream for him but he chose to pursue it a bit later in life. (1:23)
  • Tim explains that D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education Club and it is in 750,000 schools in the United States. (4:50)
  • Tim shares that working with D.A.R.E. has allowed him to grow a rapport with students in Chillicothe. (5:53)
  • Tim shares how he teaches responsibility at a young age. (8:14)
  • Tim explains what vaping is and why it is dangerous for kids. (11:03)
  • Tim shares his career and talks about some of the D.A.R.E. officers that came before him. (15:10)
  • Tim mentions that they have put up an event for the 6th grade to design a police car. (19:57)
  • Tim shares that as a D.A.R.E. officer he goes to many different events in the area. (22:17)
  • Tim explains that D.A.R.E. is an organization that is funded by donations from different organizations and clubs. (25:25)
  • Tim shares that he’s currently reading: The Boogeyman Exists; And He’s In Your Child’s Back Pocket. (29:42)

Key Quotes:

  • “D.A.R.E. is a curriculum that has been put together by some of the top minds as far as teaching children safe and responsible decisions, resistance to drugs, resistance to alcohol, different techniques.” – Tim Boltenhouse
  • “Throughout the year, it’s just amazing the relationship that you can build with these kids. And as they trust me more, they’ll express some of their thoughts, feelings, some of the issues they have at home, and I do everything I can to encourage them, to help them any way that I possibly can.” – Tim Boltenhouse
  • “Instead of, you know, the bad guy finding us by doing something, if we can go out and get the bad guy first, that’s better for society as a whole.” – Tim Boltenhouse

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