Dep. Jennie Hill to address Sierra Nevada Republican Women |

Dep. Jennie Hill to address Sierra Nevada Republican Women

Staff reports

Deputy Jennie Hill will address the regular meeting of Sierra Nevada Republican Women at Sharkey’s in Gardnerville on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 11:30 a.m., describing her work with Carson Valley youngsters as the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Youth Services Officer since 1997.

Hill was born and raised in Southern California and graduated from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Academy in 1986. During her 10 years in L.A., sheworked in custody division, Field operations and court services division. In 1996 she moved to Carson Valley with her family and began work as a deputy sheriff with the DCSO. Her husband Jim retired from the Orange County Marshal’s Department after 29 years of service, is a DCSO reserve deputy.

They have two children.

The Drug Abuse Resistance Education program was started by the Los Angeles Police Department about 20 years ago and has spread to almost every state in the union.

It is a program, now copyrighted, to enable 5th and 6th graders to establish self esteem, thereby avoiding the lure of drugs. The program in Douglas County began in 1986 with Ben Gillard, now chief investigator for the the Nevada Department of Business and Industry, working part-time. It was expanded under him and under Tom Umphries, now assistant director of China Spring Youth Camp, and Bill Reynolds, currently a lieutenant in the Las Vegas City Marshal’s Office.

The program now includes Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) classes also in elementary school and work with Explorers, 14- to 21-year-olds interested in a career in law enforcement. In addition to teaching the DARE and GREAT programs, Deputy Hill assists young adults in performing community functions such as traffic control. The Explorers have earned many awards and commendations for their volunteer work.

SNRW members must make reservations for the luncheon meeting and select a choice of soup and sandwich of the day or a chicken caesar salad by Tuesday, February 9th. Messages may be left for Linda Curtis, 782-1980, or Diane Gordon, 265-2841. Guests are welcome at meetings, and members are urged to pay current dues.

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