So “snap”? Is it kind of a dance or snapping your fingers? Tell me what the SNAP program is all about?It’s basically a neighborhood watch, the Army’s version of the neighborhood watch program. It’s basically the community watching out for each other in the housing area.
Are people pretty active in it? You got the little signs up in the neighborhood like I used to see?We actually have the roadside signs. We have some active members. Of course, we’d like to see more. It’s a little difficult in a military community, but we have a lot of volunteers who have just come out. And people don’t realize they’re doing SNAP because it’s in your everyday walk, when you’re going to the commissary or when you’re going to the school. You may notice something suspicious, and people don’t realize they’re actually performing the duties until they have to call it in.
So you don’t have to be up in a guard tower or anything like that?You do have to be certified. There’s a training class that we offer. It’s very quick ... The biggest thing we’re asking people to do is if you see something suspicious, call it in to our law enforcement desk.
And that number is?489-6060 or 489-7070.
Shifting gears to D.A.R.E.: Tell me how’s it going now.It’s going great. This is actually our third year. I’m one of actually two D.A.R.E. officers. We service Sembach, Landstuhl, Vogelweh and Kaiserslautern school. We’re currently with a fifth-grade curriculum.
Why do you target them at that age?They’re at the age where they can understand yet they can project how they feel about it — how they want to become involved and help. They’re very proactive. Once you get them the information, they want to do something with it.
Tell me about your background. You were a sheriff’s deputy?I was, for the Sumter County (S.C.) Sheriff’s Office. I’m prior military. I used to be in the Air Force. My husband is still in the military. I got out of the military, dispatched 911 for about five years and decided I wanted to go on patrol. So I became a deputy sheriff, and I loved it.
So patrol. You’ve got to have a few stories about that?It was great. I was part of a specialized unit, called community police officer. There was a big range of what we did from schools to courtroom security to doing raids.
You miss riding in the patrol car?I do. I really miss my patrol car and being on patrol. I really miss the community, but we’ve got that here in the military community. That’s why I know community policing is effective — because I’ve done it.
Dave OliverCurrent job: D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) officer; SNAP (Safe Neighborhood Awareness Program) coordinator at the U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern.
Former job: Sheriff’s deputy, Sumter County, S.C.
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