DA Anti-Drug Campaign
District Attorney Stephanie L. Vettenburg-Shaffer, Chief County Detective Ryan Yingling and the McKean County Drug Task Force K-9 unit present to area children on the dangers of drugs.
In March, 2020, we met with students at The Learning Center in Bradford as part of our mission to educate children about the dangers of drugs. McKean County Drug Task Force K-9 handlers Bob and Vicki Rinfrette brought their dogs, LG and Nico. LG is a narcotic-detecting dog and Nico is an explosives-detecting dog. Bob Rinfrette explained to the children what each dog’s skills are and demonstrated how they work to assist police and keep people safe.
DA Shaffer talked to the children about medication, drugs, and general safety. The children asked many questions and offered excellent insight.
The theme of the discussion was to “Just Say No to Drugs” and to remind children that police officers are there to help them and keep them safe – “Police Officers Are Your Friend.”
The children drew pictures showing K9s working with police and gave toys and treats to the dogs as appreciation. The artwork hangs in DA Shaffer's office.
Safe medication use and disposal is critical to prevent addiction. Community outreach, education of children, and availability of medication drop boxes are important.
If your school or organization would like a presentation or other service, please contact the District Attorney’s Office.
If you suspect illegal drug activity, please report it by calling the McKean County Drug Task Force at the District Attorney’s Office (814) 887-3312 extension 3 or 5.