This year millions of school children around the
world will benefit from D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education),
the highly acclaimed program that gives kids the skills they need to
avoid involvement in drugs, gangs, and violence. D.A.R.E. was
founded in 1983 in Los Angeles and has proven so successful that it
is now being implemented in 75 percent of our nation's school
districts and in more than 43 countries around the world. D.A.R.E.
is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teaches
children from kindergarten through 12th grade how to resist peer
pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives.
The Value of the D.A.R.E.
The Launching of D.A.R.E.
Overwhelming national and international demand for D.A.R.E. led to
the creation of D.A.R.E. America, a national non-profit
organization. D.A.R.E. America serves as a resource to communities,
helping to establish and improve local D.A.R.E. programs. D.A.R.E.
America provides officer training, supports the development and
evaluation of the D.A.R.E. curriculum, provides student educational
materials, monitors instruction standards and program results, and
creates national awareness for D.A.R.E.
Specially Trained Cops
Assigned D.A.R.E. Classroom "Beats"
The D.A.R.E. curriculum is designed to be taught by police officers
whose training and experience gave them the background needed to
answer the sophisticated questions often posed by young students
about drugs and crime. Prior to entering the D.A.R.E. program,
officers undergo 80 hours of special training in areas such as child
development, classroom management, teaching techniques, and
communication skills. 40 hours of additional training are provided
to D.A.R.E. instructors to prepare them to teach the high school
D.A.R.E. Receives High
Marks From America's Leaders
Presidential administrations, governors, members of congress, and
state legislators have praised D.A.R.E. Since 1988, Presidential
Proclamation declares one day each year National D.A.R.E. Day. State
legislatures have joined with the President and Congress by
proclaiming D.A.R.E. day within their respective states.
D.A.R.E. Training is Unique
D.A.R.E. goes beyond traditional drug abuse and violence prevention
programs. It gives children the skills needed to recognize and
resist the subtle and overt pressures that cause them to experiment
with drugs or become involved in gangs or violent activities.
D.A.R.E. is Community
D.A.R.E. is universally viewed as an internationally recognized
model of community policing. The United States Department of Justice
has identified how D.A.R.E. benefits local communities:
"humanizes" the police: that is, young people can begin to relate to
officers as people
permits students to see officers in a helping role, not just an
lines of communication between law enforcement and youth
Officers can serve as conduits to provide information beyond
· D.A.R.E. opens dialogue
between the school, police, and parents to deal with other issues
Township Police Departments DARE Officers from the Past:
Sgt. Brian Randazzo