DART (Drug Abuse Response Team) Program video from minute 9.40
John Tharp “Heroin Epidemic and DART (Drug Abuse Response Team)” Sheriff John Tharp will discuss the heroin epidemic in Lucas County and the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office Drug Abuse Response Team (DART) program. Sheriff Tharp was sworn in as the 45th sheriff of Lucas County in 2013. John began his career in law enforcement with the Toledo Police Division. During his tenure with the TPD, Sheriff Tharp was assigned to Field Operations, Narcotics Squad, Drug Task Force, and the Homicide Squad. John grew up in Toledo, graduated from Libbey High School, and continued his studies at the University of Toledo, where he earned bachelor and master’s degrees. In 1997, Sheriff Tharp began his career with the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office. Initially named the Director of Court Services, he subsequently became the Commander of the Administrative Services Section. Included in his duties were assignments to Homeland Security, Great Lakes Northern Border Initiation, Joint Terrorism Task Force, and the Lucas County Joint Task Force. Sheriff Tharp’s service to his country is one of his proudest achievements. John served in the United States Army as a Combat Medic during the Vietnam War and was awarded the Bronze Star. The Sheriff is involved in the Old Newsboys Goodfellows Association, the Police Athletic League, and Read for Literacy. In July 2014, Sheriff Tharp launched an addiction unit, the first of its kind in the nation, to work with heroin overdose victims and their families. Attorney General Mike DeWine designated the unit a statewide model and pilot program. The addiction resource unit was recently named DART. Sheriff Tharp has received the following awards: TPS’ Silver Slate and Apple, the PDK Educator of the Year, Pat Miller Foundation Service and the 2012 Jefferson Award.