The D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program teaches students good decision-making skills to help them lead safe and responsible lives.
Founded in 1983 by the Los Angeles Police Department, today more than 15,000 D.A.R.E. officers and deputies are in over 10,000 communities nationwide, educating America’s youth and serving as the first line of defense in America’s schools.
The D.A.R.E. program is taught in all 50 states, and 49 other countries. All curricula are science-based, age appropriate, and written by a national panel of curriculum and prevention experts. The D.A.R.E. curricula meets the core educational standards of health, language arts, and math.
D.A.R.E. meets the needs of communities and schools as it relates to “bullying”.
The basic 80-hour D.A.R.E. Officer Training (DOT) allows a police officer or deputy to teach both the elementary and middle school curriculum.
D.A.R.E. has new elementary and middle school curricula, keepin’ it REAL (kiR). The D.A.R.E. kiR middle school curriculum is an evidence-based program listed on the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).
A D.A.R.E. Instructor must be a uniformed law enforcement officer, meeting the minimum training standards for peace officer status in their state of residence, and must have completed the equivalent of two years as a peace officer with full police powers.