Photo: (left to right) Officer Renee Moody, Dumfries Police Department, Deputy Dana Martz, Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy R.D. Hefner, Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office, Master Deputy Swope, Sgt. McGinn and Sheriff Chapman – Courtesy of LCSO
Loudoun County, VA (Oct 3, 2015) – Master Deputy Linda Swope and Sgt. Jenny McGinn (Retired) were honored today by the Virginia D.A.R.E. Officers Association and the Virginia D.A.R.E. Training Center.
Master Deputy Swope was named the 2015 Virginia State D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year. Swope was nominated by her supervisor and was selected by the D.A.R.E. Officers Association to receive the Bentowski/Eanes D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year Award in honor and memory of Chief Mike Bentowski and Virginia State Trooper Bill Eanes. Deputy Swope has been teaching in the D.A.R.E. Program since the fall of 2009. She joined the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office in 1990 as a deputy assigned to the Corrections and Courts Services section. She later worked in Patrol in the Field Operations Division.
Sgt. McGinn was honored to receive the 2015 E. Stuart Kitchen D.A.R.E. Lifetime Achievement Award. Sgt. McGinn began serving as a D.A.R.E. officer in 1990 and was promoted to Sergeant in 2002 before she retired in August 2015. She was previously recognized as the 2013 Virginia State D.A.R.E. Supervisor of the Year.
“The D.A.R.E. program has a huge impact on our youth and Master Deputy Swope, Sergeant McGinn, and all of the current members of the Juvenile Resource Unit leave a positive impression on every student they come into contact with,” said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman.
This is third straight year a member of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. program has been recognized statewide. In 2013, Sgt. McGinn was named the Virginia State D.A.R.E. Supervisor of the year and in 2014 Senior Deputy Joe Heydens was named the Virginia State D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year.
D.A.R.E. is an acronym for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. D.A.R.E. is a universal program designed to reach the general population, rather than “at-risk” groups. The D.A.R.E. program has been taught by members of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office to 5th grade students in Loudoun County schools since 1987. As part of Loudoun Mike Sheriff Chapman’s efforts, the program was expanded to the middle schools during the 2012-2013 school year. The expansion of the program came at no extra cost as the classes were taught by current members of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer Unit who are assigned to county middle schools.