D.A.R.E. Program

In 2009, I graduated from the D.A.R.E Officer Training Program held by D.A.R.E of America, becoming D.A.R.E/SRO certified. I now teach the D.A.R.E program, in our local School District including Sts. Peter and Paul, which I am very passionate about. Just recently (2016), I was recognized by D.A.R.E. of America for 5 years of service for teaching the program.

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 to local communities: 
  
  • D.A.R.E. "Humanizes" the police: that is, young people can begin to relate to officers as people
  • D.A.R.E. Permits students to see officers in a helping role, not just an enforcement role
  • D.A.R.E. Open lines of communication between law enforcement and youth
  • D.A.R.E. Officers serve as conduits to provide information beyond drug-related issues 
  • D.A.R.E. Open dialogue between the school, police, and parents to deal with other matters
The D.A.R.E Program is divided into 4 parts: 

Kindergarten through 4th Grade Visitation Lessons: During these lessons I meet with all grade levels once a month, emphasizing on personal safety.

Elementary School Curriculum: This 12 week curriculum is taught at the 5th Grade level and provides students with the skills they will need as young adults to avoid peer pressure, violence, alcohol, marijuana and other dangerous substances. Recently added was a 2 week curriculum, teaching students the dangers of Over the counter/Prescription Medication.

Middle School Curriculum: This 12 week program is taught at the 7th Grade level and covers material, including, self-esteem building, non-violent ways to deal with anger and disputes, and recognize the various influences that may pressure a young person into using a dangerous substance. Included in the curriculum is a 2 week program covering Over the Counter/Prescription Medication.

High School Curriculum: This supplemental training program reinforces the values the students have learned and applies them to real life situations, teaching students to remain drug and violence free.

“Every child should have the opportunity to grow-up healthy, safe, secure, and equipped with the skills needed to succeed in life.” ~ D.A.R.E of America~

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me.