PRESCRIPTION DRUG DROP OFF BIN
The Caln PD in partnership with the Brandywine Health Foundation and Pennsylvania American Water have installed a Prescription Drug Drop Off Bin at the police department building.
This bin affords residents in the area the opportunity to anonymously and safely dispose of unwanted and expired drugs and medication 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The goal is to get these drugs safely off the streets, keeping them away from our youth and protecting our local waterways.
The Caln Township Police Department is involved in teaching the D.A.R.E. program to 5th graders at the Caln Elementary School. D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a collaborative effort by D.A.R.E. certified law enforcement officers, educators, students, parents, and the community to offer an educational program in the classroom to prevent or reduce drug abuse, violence, and gang involvement among children.
The D.A.R.E. program exposes youth to repetitive contact with law enforcement officers in a positive atmosphere. Key to the success of the D.A.R.E. program is the buy-in from the Police, the School, the Students, and the Parents. The emphasis of the program is to educate children through visitation classes to help them keep safe, drug-free, violence-free and to teach them to recognize, avoid, and report situations which may endanger their personal health and safety.
The primary objectives of the 5th grade program is to develop the capacities needed to enable students to take charge of their lives with particular emphasis on healthy, pro-social decision making skills regarding non-substance use and abuse. The primary goal of the D.A.R.E. curriculum is to eliminate or delay dramatically the use of tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs, and inhalants. The curriculum is designed to extend student’s capacities to take charge of their own lives by helping them to understand the health, social, and legal consequences of using alcohol, marijuana, tobacco, and inhalants, or engaging in violent behavior. Part of this understanding is to examine and understand their own beliefs related to alcohol, marijuana, tobacco, and inhalant use.
The curriculum helps the students to recognize their own internal and external pressures to use substances and help them to develop and use communication, decision-making, and refusal skills when pressured to use or when confronting potentially violent situations.
For more information about the D.A.R.E. program in Caln Township contact the Caln Police Department or visit the D.A.R.E. website.
Residents fill out a simple form to have officers periodically check on their homes when they are out of town. Please contact the police department at the administration phone number if interested or bring in the completed form to the police station.
This program is designed for senior citizens who live alone in the Township. If you are enrolled in the program we will ask you to fill out the Senior Program Request Form. Each weekday we ask you to call into the police station before 10:00 am to let us know that you are all right. If we do not hear from you we will call your home. If we don't get an answer we will send a police officer to check on you.
During the weekends and holidays when the office is closed we will have one of the seniors call you in the morning. If there is no answer a police officer will be sent to your home to check on you. If you live alone please take advantage of this important program.
YOUTH AID PANEL
The Youth Aid Panel program is a joint effort in Caln Township and includes the Caln Township Police Department, the Chester County District Attorney’s Office, Municipal Officials, the Magisterial District Judge and Center for Resolutions.
The Center for Resolutions is the only not for profit community mediation center that provides conflict resolution services in Chester County. The Center for Resolution trains panelists to mediate and problem solve through the Youth Aid Panel program. Panelists must be at least 18 years of age and have no criminal record. Every panelist must submit to a background check, which the Caln Township Police Department conducts.
The panelists work with juvenile offenders arrested for first time minor offenses. They discuss the offense with the juvenile and their family to develop a resolution that will hold the juvenile accountable for his or her actions and make restoration to the community and victim. Successful completion of the program allows the youth to avoid formal police/court action. Some of the resolutions may include the juvenile doing supervised community service and/or research and report writing relating to the nature of the offense.
The Caln Township Youth Aid Panel consists of the citizen volunteers and all have completed training provided by the Center for Resolutions. The first case heard by the Panel was in June of 2004. The Panel meets the third Monday of every month at 6:30pm in the Caln Township Municipal Building. At this time, the panel reviews active cases for completeness and new cases are initiated.
Anyone interested in participating as a Youth Aid Panel member should contact the Caln Township Police Department.