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The Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Department has received a $16,000 grant from the state to continue the Drug Awareness Resistance Education (DARE) program in schools.

The money was presented by Sen. Jess J. Present, R-Bemus Point. The program serves 13 schools in the county with an estimated 1,000 students graduating annually.

Sheriff Jerry E. Burrell called the program vital. "The program has become an essential part of the war against drugs and provides our youth with positive law enforcement contact, as well as essential tools such as self-esteem, avoiding pressures to use drugs and conflict resolution skills," he said.

"Each year we must seek funds to insure the continuance in our schools," he added. "Sen. Present's grant has made it possible for us to comfortably provide our school districts with this program next year."

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