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D.A.R.E. America recognizes W. Jordan police chief’s work with elementary students

Mountain Shadows Elementary students Hailey Ellison and Evie Cahoon joke with West Jordan Police Chief Ken Wallentine.
Hailey Ellison and Evie Cahoon, both 11-year-old students at Mountain Shadows Elementary, joke around with West Jordan Police Chief Ken Wallentine at the police department in West Jordan on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. Students came to the department to celebrate Wallentine’s recognition as the Law Enforcement Executive of the Year from D.A.R.E. America.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

A group of students from Mountain Shadows Elementary School in West Jordan on Tuesday congratulated Police Chief Ken Wallentine for being named D.A.R.E. America’s Law Enforcement Executive of the Year.

The award recognizes Wallentine’s work in bringing the D.A.R.E. program back to elementary schools in West Jordan and supporting officers engaging with students on a regular basis.

“This is a great honor, but it’s really a great honor to be able to serve these kids,” Wallentine said. “Policing is all about service, and I think the best place you can serve is kids.”

Wallentine added the award is a reflection of not only him, but all of West Jordan police officers’ long-standing commitment to the children in the community.

D.A.R.E. educates students on leading lives free from substance abuse, violence and other dangerous behaviors. It helps officers develop trust with students and promotes self-esteem in young people.

West Jordan Police Chief Ken Wallentine holds the Law Enforcement Executive of the Year award from D.A.R.E. America at the police department in West Jordan on Tuesday, June 22, 2021.
West Jordan Police Chief Ken Wallentine holds the Law Enforcement Executive of the Year award from D.A.R.E. America at the police department in West Jordan on Tuesday, June 22, 2021.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News