Operation Street Smart returns to Woodmore
The Two Villages initiative is hosting Sgt. Michael Powell of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department for an encore presentation of Operation: Street Smart. Sgt.Powell will speak with the Woodmore seventh and eighth graders on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 during school hours. That evening beginning at 6:30 p.m., he will ‘step up’ the presentation for an adult audience in the Woodmore High School cafeteria. Parents of the middle school students and coaches - from Woodmore and all neighboring communities - are urged to attend.
Sgt. Powell gives a comprehensive look at the substances being used, including commonly abused prescription medications that are easy accessible in most homes. As a Special Investigations officer, he has expertise with high risk behaviors… especially what the “real deal” in our small communities.
Created by the Franklin county Sheriff’s Office, Operation Street Smart is a collaborative effort between D.A.R.E and the Special Investigations Unit, the undercover narcotic branch of the Sheriff’s office. The goal of Street Smart is to provide current and up-to-date narcotic information on trends, terminology, paraphernalia and physiological effects to adults who interact with teens on a daily basis. Sgt. Powell is continuously updating his programs to keep up with the latest trends.
In addition to serving the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. Powell was a supervisor with the FBI Drug Task Force in Columbus and is a member of the Narcotics Association Regional Coordinating Officers (NARCO). He drafted the core curriculum of the Basic and Advance Undercover Narcotics courses and is widely recognized as an expert in illegal drugs, their manufacture, sale, and impact on our society.
Operation Street Smart has been presented over 600 times to over 90,000 people throughout Ohio and the United States. In May 2004, the program received the F.B.I. Director’s Community Leadership Award.
Operation Street Smart is hosted by the Two Villages Initiative… a gathering of concerned citizens challenging the culture to make our two villages a safer, healthier place for all our children.