The La Crosse County Sheriff's Department offers a variety of preventive programming within the community. 
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Neighborhood Watch

The model program for what became Neighborhood Watch was developed by the National Sheriffs Association in early 1972. It was first used in an attempt to stop the increasing burglary rate. It was found that communities who had obtained the assistance of their citizens in the observation and reporting of suspicious and criminal activity, were able to keep the burglary rate down.

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Drug Abuse Resistance Education

"This year 36 million school children around the world--26 million in the U.S.--will benefit from D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), the highly acclaimed program that gives kids the skills they need to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs, and violence. D.A.R.E. was founded in 1983 in Los Angeles and has proven so successful that it is now being implemented in nearly 80 percent of our nation's school districts and in more than 54 countries around the world. D.A.R.E. is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teaches children from kindergarten through 12th grade how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives." --

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Gang Resistance Education And Training

"G.R.E.A.T. stands for Gang Resistance Education and Training.   The G.R.E.A.T. Program provides a school-based, officer-instructed program that includes classroom instruction and various learning activities.  The use of law enforcement officers provides several advantages.  Officers have a wide range of experience in criminal behavior, have the ability to recognize gang members, are equipped with referral knowledge, and most importantly can be positive role models to students.

The instruction of life skills acts as the foundation of the program.  Since delinquency often serves as a precursor to gang involvement (Esbensen, 2000), G.R.E.A.T. instruction focuses on providing life skills to students to help them avoid delinquent behavior and resorting to violence to solve problems.  Communities do not need to have a gang problem in order to benefit from G.R.E.A.T.  The program's primary objective is prevention and is intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership."

Captain Michael Horstman
Deputy Brandon Penzkover
Deputy Brian Buckmaster
Deputy James Jacobson