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In keeping with the belief that education is a strong component to the law enforcement effort, the Investigative Unit presents a program called "The Sober Truth." This educational program is targeted toward junior high and high school-aged students, stressing the dangers and consequences of underage drinking, covering areas that range from the laws and penalties for breaking the law, to real-life stories from the agents who present the program.
The Sober Truth is presented in schools and to civic groups throughout the state of Ohio. Among the requesters have been school teachers of all subjects, prom-related groups, health fair coordinators and court-appointed class instructors, many of whom ask for the program several times a year. There is NO COST for the program.
In 2008, agents presented 997 sessions of this well-received program to 57,670 students. Professional sports teams and athletes have also been involved with the curriculum, providing autographed photos to be used on posters supporting the Sober Truth message. Special Sober Truth poster nights have been arranged on several occasions for Investigative Unit agents to hand out the posters to kids at a regularly scheduled game. Several athletes have produced radio and television public service announcements to encourage kids to abstain from drinking alcohol. Several stadiums and arenas also display advertisements for The Sober Truth and the Investigative Unit’s toll-free hotline.
Teams who have showed their support are: Columbus Blue Jackets, Columbus Crew, Columbus Clippers, Cincinnati Reds and Bengals, Cleveland Indians, Dayton Bombers, Toledo Storm, Toledo Mud Hens, New York Mets, and the Harlem Globetrotters.
If you are interested in receiving more information on The Sober Truth, or would like to schedule the presentation for your school or group, please contact Jackie Snyder at the Ohio Investigative Unit, (614) 644-2415, or via e-mail at email@example.com.