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To My Fellow IDOA members and supporters of the Illinois DARE program:
It is with bittersweet feelings that we as an Association say farewell to newly retired Kim Giugler, long-time patrol officer, community relations officer, and DARE instructor for the Shorewood PD. I would commit a great disservice if I did not take the time to briefly explain to all of you how deserving of a proper farewell address it would be for Kim to hear from our Association and DARE community.
For anyone who has taught this program for a while, the networking opportunities are almost endless. I have met many extraordinary individuals who have made an impact within their own communities, but rarely do I meet those that have impacted the greater good for the entire state. Kim is one such individual. First, as a board member, she took on the responsibility of Secretary and Treasurer. In this capacity, the IDOA successfully co-hosted numerous summer conferences due to her attention to detail and drive. Eventually, as the IDOA President, Kim took the IDOA to another level. In this capacity she was able to collaborate many useful and relevant training sessions to DARE Officers and Juvenile Officers throughout her tenure. As a touch of class, she recognized many DARE officers with longevity awards – many of these officers’ accomplishments would have gone unnoticed if it wasn’t for Kim’s thoughtfulness to do so. Finally, towards the end of her run as a board member, she decided to do her part in initiating the return of a training facility in Illinois. She researched facilities, organizations, and DARE America’s own by-laws and policies to have this goal come to fruition. After completing a rigorous Mentor Officer Training certification class in Utah, she became 1 of only 4 officers to train the entire state in the program. As a result, over one hundred officers have been certified under her tutelage, and even more students have made positive decision-making a lifestyle. Until recently, she has served the state as a Mentor Trainer and State Coordinator – two positions that, unsurprisingly for Kim, are some of the most difficult to maintain – all the while continuing her duties as an officer for the Shorewood PD. Most importantly, and selfishly for me, she has been my go-to for all things DARE-related.
Kim, on behalf of the IDOA and DARE Officers everywhere, congratulations on a successful career. All of your future successes will be well deserved. Please know that you will always have a home with the IDOA.
May God bless you in all you do.
Addison Police Department
IL DARE Facilitator