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Cochran receives award for drug, alcohol education efforts

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Danielle Cochran of Cottonwood was recently awarded for her drug and alcohol education efforts.


Contributed photo Danielle Cochran of Cottonwood was recently awarded for her drug and alcohol education efforts.



— Danielle Cochran of Cottonwood received the community leadership award at the 8th Bi-Annual Northwest Alcohol Conference, held in Boise on July 18-20. This year’s attendees represented law enforcement and substance abuse professionals from 29 states.  

A reserve officer with the Cottonwood Police Department, Cochran has served as the CPD volunteer drug and alcohol coordinator for three and a half years. She began the program in 2011 as a senior project at Prairie High School, and has since continually researched and improved it. She received her degree in criminal justice and went to work full-time for the Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office as a detention deputy. She joined CPD as a volunteer and initiated its DATE (Drug and Alcohol Trends Education) program, which has been recognized by the Idaho Office of Drug Policy.

Cochran’s program has been presented to the public in Lewiston, Cottonwood, Kooskia, Kamiah, Orofino; to schools in Idaho and Lewis counties; and to EMTs, firefighters and law enforcement. These presentations are the only classes in region 2.

The conference is sponsored by the nonprofit Idaho Youth Alcohol & Drug Prevention & Education Program. It has grown due to the efforts of Jermaine Galloway of “Tall Cop Says Stop” and his board.  The conference now covers topics including fake ID’s, vape pens, underage drinking, youth brain development, marijuana, heroin, fentanyl, drug legalization, alcohol and drug impaired driving.



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