D.A.R.E. Program

Welcome to the Hamlin County Sheriff's Office D.A.R.E. program page.  Our D.A.R.E. instructors, Deputy Tristan Molitor and Chief Deputy Tayt Alexander are in every school within the county teaching 5th graders the D.A.R.E. program.  We invite you to check out the information below about the program.

The D.A.R.E. program was founded in 1983 in Los Angeles and has been proven successful across the nation.  Currently, 75 percent of all schools in the United States have the D.A.R.E. program to include all three schools within Hamlin County. 

D.A.R.E. is led by a law enforcement officer who teaches a series of classroom lessons from resisting peer pressure, bullying, and making safe and responsible choices.  Officers who lead these lessons must pass a certification course in Pierre before stepping into the classroom. 

According to D.A.R.E. American... there are numerous reasons for D.A.R.E.’s success. Its unparalleled delivery system utilizing law enforcement officers as instructors and the fact that it was the first program of its kind anywhere in the world have individually and collectively played a critical role in D.A.R.E.’s growth and expansion. However, to remain relevant, effective, and impactful requires much more… it requires the critical review and substantive contributions of highly respected experts in the field of education, science, and law enforcement. And it also needs the intelligent comments and recommendations of the program’s audience – school children. To this end, several years ago D.A.R.E. established three key Advisory Committees (listed below), in addition to D.A.R.E. Instructors Advisory Committee and Youth Advisory Board, the members of which are actively engaged in the development and implementation of virtually all aspects of the D.A.R.E. program.


The Hamlin County Sheriff's Office D.A.R.E. instructors teach the ten lesson D.A.R.E. program to the 5th-grade students throughout the school year.  At the end of lessons, students received a D.A.R.E. graduation, celebrating the student's accomplishments and participation in the program.  During graduation, the students receive D.A.R.E. shirts funded by the area schools or local businesses, certificate of completion, and a few selected winners are awarded for their D.A.R.E. essay and poster.   

Sheriff's Office Information

Hamlin County Sheriff's Office

PO Box 208

Hayti, South Dakota 57241-0208

Phone:  605 783-3232

Emergency:  911

Dispatch:  605 783-3232 ext 304

Fax:  605 783-1330

Chad Schlotterbeck

Hamlin County Sheriff

Phone:  605 783-3232 ext 301 

Email:  chad-hcso@itctel.com

Tayt Alexander

Hamlin County Chief Deputy Sheriff

Records, 24-7 Program

Phone:  605 783-3232 ext 302 

Email:  tayt-hcso@itctel.com

Tristan Molitor

Hamlin County Deputy Sheriff / Chaplain

Sex Offender Registration

Phone:  605 783-3232 ext 303 

Email:  tristan-hcso@itctel.com

Darrion Poppen

Hamlin County Deputy Sheriff

Phone:  605 783-3232  

Email:  darrion-hcso@itctel.com

Taylor Shantz

Hamlin County Deputy Sheriff

Phone:  605 783-3232  

Email:  taylor-hcso@itctel.com

Zachary Vidmar

Hamlin County Deputy Sheriff

Phone:  605 783-3232 

Email:  zach-hcso@itctel.com

Sheriff's Office Hours

Monday through Friday


Please Call To Make Sure An Officer is Available.  

Closed on weekends and legal holidays.

Officers are available 24-Hours for incidents and emergencies.


24-7 Downloads


12:00PM to 4:00PM CENTRAL TIME 

Background Fingerprinting

By Appointment Only.  Appointments may be cancelled because of calls of service or emergencies. 

Monday through Friday


Sex Offender Registration

By Appointment Only.  Appointments may be cancelled because of calls of service or emergencies.

Contact Deputy Tristan Molitor for Appointment

Phone:  605 783-3232 ext 303 

Email:  tristan-hcso@itctel.com

Hamlin County Courthouse - 300 4th Street; Hayti, South Dakota 57241
8:00AM - 5:00PM Central Time - Monday Through Friday.  Closed on Holidays.