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 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 curriculum.
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.