D.A.R.E. is a national program that focuses on the health, social and legal risks as well as the short and long term consequences of drug abuse. We have two trained D.A.R.E. officers in our agency who teach in our elementary schools. Drug awareness information including the identification of drugs and the signs and systems for their use is available to parents.
Captain Norman Hand
D.A.R.E. is the acronym for Drug Abuse Resistance Education; the single most widely used substance abuse prevention and safety promotion curriculum in the world. First developed in 1983, D.A.R.E. has undergone multiple revisions as research findings increased knowledge of effective substance abuse prevention among school-aged youth. There are several components to the D.A.R.E. curriculum including:
- The “core curriculum” for fifth or sixth grade;
- Visitation for kindergarten – fourth grade;
- A middle school/junior high program;
- A senior high curriculum; and
- A parenting component.
More than 70 percent of America’s school districts have adopted the program, and over 8,000 cooperative partnerships between law enforcement and education are in place across the country. By virtue of D.A.R.E.’s extensive use and national impact, D.A.R.E. has achieved immense name recognition in association with substance abuse prevention, making the D.A.R.E. officer the most recognizable symbol for community policing and prevention.