Retiring D.A.R.E. Officer to be Director of Transportation at Warsaw Community Schools

After 22 years of service with the City of Warsaw Police Department, Corporal Douglas R. Light is retiring, effective September 2, 2017.  For the past eleven years, Corporal Light has been assigned to Warsaw Community Schools as both a certified School Resource Officer and Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Officer.

Light began his career with WPD in 1995 as a patrol officer. He graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in 1996 as an honor graduate.

Light previously served on WPD’s Emergency Response Team and Aquatic Unit, where he served as the Aquatic Unit’s commander for seven years.  Additionally, he is a certified instructor in the fields of Emergency Vehicle Operations, Taser, and D.A.R.E.

Light will remain in the community and has accepted the position of Director of Transportation for Warsaw Community Schools.

“I’m extremely excited to begin this new chapter in my life,” noted Light. “I look forward to working with the WCS administration team and building relationships with the men and women in the transportation department. Students’ education begins with transportation and we want to provide a safe and professional experience for our students.”

In addition to his aforementioned experience, Light has served as emergency vehicle operations instructor for WPD and ILEA and has worked closely with school administration to advance ALICE safety training to all Warsaw schools.

“Warsaw Community Schools is excited to name Mr. Doug Light as our transportation director. His experience as a DARE officer and expertise in school safety and public transportation will be a wonderful complement to our transportation department,” stated Dr. David Hoffert, superintendent of Warsaw Schools. “While we are sad to see Officer Light leave the WCS DARE program, his impact with all our families through safe transportation to and from school will be a large asset to our entire community. WCS administration is working with WPD to ensure our DARE program continues forward in the same quality and impact.”