Westminster police officer receives award for efforts to fight drugs Corporal works five years in program for students

June 11, 1998

A Westminster police officer has been honored by Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. for encouraging Carroll County students to say no to drugs.

Cpl. Michael Bible has been teaching East Middle School students how to resist peer pressure for the past five years.

The program, part of the national Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) initiative, reaches about 300 students each year, Bible said.

Bible, 32, travels throughout the county to speak with fifth-graders about the effects drugs have on the body.

The program, "Tragedy is only a drug away -- Say no to drugs," was developed by Westminster police and reaches about 2,000 students in 19 elementary schools each year.

"Programs like these are important because they teach students how to deal with stress and resist peer pressure," said Bible, who also teaches residents about crime prevention and neighborhood watch programs.

Curran issued a citation last month honoring Bible.

Westminster Police Chief Sam Leppo announced the award at Monday's Common Council meeting.

Bible, an 11-year veteran of the department, began his career as a cadet with Hagerstown city police when he was 18. He worked there for about 2 1/2 years before becoming a patrolman in Westminster.

Pub Date: 6/11/98

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