The Two Villages initiative will host Sgt. Michael Powell of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department for an encore presentation of “Operation Street Smart.”
Sgt. Powell, a special investigations officer with expertise in high-risk behaviors, will give a comprehensive look at the substances being used, including commonly abused prescription medications that are easy accessible in most homes.
Sgt. Powell will speak with the Woodmore seventh- and eighth-graders Tuesday, Sept. 10 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 invited to attend.
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 updates his program on a continuous basis 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 society.
Operation Street Smart has been presented more than 600 times to more than 90,000 people throughout Ohio and the U.S. In May 2004, the program received the F.B.I. Director’s Community Leadership Award.
The program presentation is hosted by the Two Villages Initiative, a gathering of concerned citizens committed to make the two villages of Elmore and Woodville a safer, healthier place for all children.