The Warner Robins City Council on Monday honored the man who has run the police department’s campaign to keep youths on the right side of the law.
Officer David Sabet is retiring after more than 30 years in law enforcement. He has run what was once called the D.A.R.E. program and is now called A.D.V.A.N.C.E. That stands for Avoiding Drugs, Violence and Negative Choices Early.
In the program, a law enforcement officer goes into schools and talks to youths about the dangers of drugs and the consequences of bad decisions. Sabet mentioned in Monday’s meeting that sometimes students ask him why he left the streets to come talk to them. He has a story that he tells them about that.
Two men, he said, were fishing on a river when they spotted a child floating by with arms flailing. One of the men jumped in and pulled the child out, then another child came down and the other man jumped in to rescue that child. Then more and more children kept coming down.
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But it was so many that the first man just got out and started walking away, and the second man asked him what he was doing.
“Our guy says ‘Man, there are not enough of us down here at the end of the stream to do what needs to be done,’” Sabet said. “‘I’m going to go to the head of the stream and find out where they have been falling in at, and I’m going to put a stop to it there.’”
WASHINGTON MEDIA OFFICES IN HIGH GEAR
Between Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, a failed bid to change the country’s gun laws and high-profile Supreme Court decisions, the press offices of Georgia GOP Sens. Johnny Isakson and David Perdue were quick to kick out quotes and observations this week. Here’s a sampler:
▪ From Perdue, after Britain voted to leave the EU:
“The United States remains a steadfast ally of the United Kingdom. At the same time, the United States is also committed to the member nations of the European Union. I am confident that all of our nations will continue to work together in the face of great global insecurity and unrest. It is also key that the existing European Union members remain active partners in NATO and international trade.”
▪ From Isakson, after he voted to advance a gun amendment from Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis. (The amendment failed to receive the 60 votes needed to overcome procedural obstacles and was set aside.)
“I absolutely believe that known or suspected terrorists should not be allowed to purchase firearms or explosives. We must keep weapons out of the hands of those whom the government reasonably believes to be a public threat while protecting the Constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens. I will continue working to ensure we pass laws that protect constitutional rights and protect lives.”
▪ From Perdue, on the same measure:
“We all agree we must keep guns out of the hands of terrorists who wish to destroy our very way of life. Once again, I voted today to prevent terrorists from purchasing guns, while protecting the Second Amendment. At the same time, we must ensure strong due process protections are in place to protect the Constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans. Instead of engaging in divisive politics, we need to come together to protect Americans from the threat of radical Islamic terrorism.”
▪ Isakson, on the United States v. Texas decision, in which the court upheld a previous decision that had stopped the president’s executive order that put off deportations of undocumented parents of children who are either American citizens or legal residents:
“President Obama continues to circumvent Congress with executive orders and regulatory overreach. This is the wrong way to govern. As I’ve said all along, any attempt to circumvent Congress’s authority over immigration law is unacceptable. Today, our constitutional system of checks and balances was put to the test and Article I of the Constitution prevailed. The outcome of today’s ruling upholds the rule of law and prevents an unprecedented executive overreach. It also demonstrates why it is incredibly important for the next president to appoint, and the Senate to confirm, judges who will respect the Constitution and the rule of law and who can be trusted to reject future abuses of executive power.”
Staff writers Wayne Crenshaw and Oby Brown contributed to this report.