Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program
The D.A.R.E. curriculum is designed to be taught by police officers and special constables whose training and experience have given 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 curriculum.
The D.A.R.E. Program is offered in local area schools and focuses upon resistance to drugs, gangs and violence. Topics included communication, decision making skills, alternatives to using drugs and alcohol and forming support groups for each other.