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D.A.R.E. camp fosters meaningful relationships

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Auburn Police Division Lt. Michael Creighton shows off a radar gun to students during D.A.R.E. camp during the summer of 2021

Rising sixth-graders with Auburn City Schools cheered as Auburn Police Sgt. Bud Nesmith, wearing a black and white burglar costume, was arrested by members of the Lee County SWAT Team.

The officers pursued Nesmith, who pretended to flee in a car with a sack full of cash, with a military light tactical vehicle known as an MRAP. They caught up with him in the parking lot of Ogletree Elementary School, and instructed him to surrender.

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Auburn Police Division Sgt. Bud Nesmith is "arrested" by members of the Lee County SWAT Team during a demonstration at D.A.R.E. camp

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Rising sixth graders (fifth-graders who will be entering sixth grade this fall) watch a Lee County SWAT Team demonstration during D.A.R.E. camp

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Police officers show children an MRAP, a military light tactical vehicle, during D.A.R.E. camp

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Members of the Lee County SWAT Team show off their tactical gear at D.A.R.E. camp 

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Former Auburn University football player Sammie Coates Jr. checks out an MRAP during D.A.R.E. camp 


Auburn Police Division Sgt. Bud Nesmith talks to rising sixth graders (fifth-graders going into sixth grade this fall) at D.A.R.E. camp last Thursday

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