Norwalk Reflector: Shean 'honored' to be first D.A.R.E. officer in Plymouth

Shean 'honored' to be first D.A.R.E. officer in Plymouth

Cary Ashby • Jan 13, 2019 at 10:00 PM

PLYMOUTH — The first DARE officer in the Plymouth Police Department is a familiar face in the law enforcement community. 

Terry Shean, a 33-year veteran with the Huron County Sheriff’s Office, recently celebrated her one-year anniversary serving and protecting the village of Plymouth as an auxilary officer.

“I feel she is a people person. She likes interacting with the community. She always has a smile on her face,” police Capt. Montel Gordon said. “I think she has good heart.”

Details are being worked out with Plymouth-Shiloh Local Schools about how much time Shean might spend in the district.

“It may be something we can put in next school year,” said Gordon, who noted school officials have provided positive feedback about having a D.A.R.E. officer. “To my knowledge, this is the first time the department has had a D.A.R.E. officer.” 

Shean beamed when she talked about her new responsibilities.

“I’m just thrilled to death. I had no idea,” said Shean, who was surprised when Gordon came to her work station and asked her about being a D.A.R.E. officer.

“To me, this is a huge thing,” added the officer, who is a board member for the Starfish Project of Huron County.

The Starfish Project helps adults and older teens participate in the intense Teen Challenge program, which addresses a variety of addictions over 12 to 14 months. Shean said during her time in law enforcement she has seen the pain that drug addiction has brought to individuals and families.

“I can be a part of helping in this. I am just thrilled to death,” she added. “Now I’m honored to be a D.A.R.E. officer to (do) preventive maintenance. … I’m so excited about it.”

Over the years, she worked as a dispatcher, deputy assigned to road patrol, training officer, assistant jail administrator, dispatcher supervisor and a lieutenant with the oversight responsibility of road patrol. Shean also handled inmate transportation to court. While performing administrative work, Shean notified the press about various awards and safe-driving initiatives. Dick Sutherland promoted her to lieutenant during his administration.

Shean joins three other D.A.R.E. officers in Huron County schools. Deputy Mitchel Cawrse covers Monroeville, New London and South Central. Norwalk Police Detective Sgt. Dave Daniels is in Norwalk City Schools while Willard Police Officer Eddie Tackett handles Willard City Schools.

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