Doña Ana County

DEPUTY RECEIVES TOP HONORS FOR DRUG ABUSE AWARENESS AND PREVENTION

DEPUTY RECEIVES TOP HONORS FOR DRUG ABUSE AWARENESS AND PREVENTION

            A Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputy has received top honors statewide for his work to educate youth about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

            Deputy Jamar Cotton, who has been with DASO since 2011, is a certified instructor for the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program, an evidence-based drug abuse prevention curriculum built around classroom instruction for children in elementary school. 

            Earlier this year, Cotton was nominated for the Enrique Camarena Award, a distinguished honor that is given to a member of law enforcement who best exemplifies the work to be involved in communities and efforts to encourage children to be drug-free.  The award is named for Agent Enrique Camarena, an 11-year agent with the DEA who was kidnapped, brutally tortured and murdered in Mexico in 1985 while working as a criminal investigator and narcotics officer.    

            Cotton was selected as the first-place winner in New Mexico to receive the award.

            The nomination was then sent to a national review board of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and in February, Deputy Cotton learned he received the third-highest level of recognition for his work.

            Deputy Cotton will be formally recognized at a dinner held in his honor on Friday, May 12 at Elks Lodge 1119 in Las Cruces.

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            Reporters seeking additional information are asked to call Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department Public Information Officer Kelly Jameson at (575) 386-4302 or after hours at (575) 635-7168.