Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

August 27, 2013

Officer passionate about preventing substance abuse


The Batesville Herald-Tribune

---- — The public is invited to the presentation “Tall cop Says Stop” Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 6:30-8 p.m. at Versailles Baptist Church, 228 S. Washington St.

At 6 feet 9 inches tall, Officer Jermaine Galloway looks like an intimidating presence, but he is devoted and passionate about education, training and enforcement when it comes to alcohol and drug use and abuse prevention. The Idaho law enforcement officer has more than 10 years of experience in underage drinking, drug and alcohol enforcement.

According to Kim Linkel, Coalition for a Drug-Free Batesville coordinator, “He had a relative who died of a drug overdose. He really talks about what to look for.”

Galloway points out, “You can’t stop what you don’t know!” He asks, “Do you want the drug usage in your community to be stopped? Do you want to prevent and stop underage drinking? Most importantly, do you want to be the solution to these issues?”

His speech is sponsored by the Ripley County Local Coordinating Council, Indiana Youth Institute and Community Mental Health Center’s One Community, One Family. More information is available at www.tallcopsaysstop.com.

Free refreshments are provided.

A training workshop with Galloway is recommended for school counselors, those dealing with law enforcement, coalitions, EMS, justice and probation departments and other persons who work with youth. It’s slated for Thursday, Sept. 19, from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at the church. Lunch will be served.

RSVPs for both events are required by Sept. 13: 877-967-6263 or ocof@cmhcinc.org.