The D.A.R.E. Program was developed as a cooperative effort of the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Unified School District to prevent drug abuse in children and youth. Traditional drug abuse programs dwell on the harmful effects of drugs. The program emphasis of D.A.R.E. is to help students recognize and resist the many subtle pressures that influence them to experiment with drugs, gangs, and violence. In addition, program strategies are planned to focus on feelings relating to self-esteem, interpersonal and communication skills, decision making, and positive alternatives to drug abuse behavior.
The instructional guide for D.A.R.E. has been developed to assist police officers, school administrators, and teachers in the planning and implementation of a program of drug abuse resistance education for students in 5th grade.
The program content for D.A.R.E. Is organized into ten week, 45 minute lessons, conducted by uniformed police officers.
The lessons are conducted by a specially trained uniformed police officer who is assigned to the school one day a week for one semester. The police officer conducts the lessons in 5th grade on a weekly basis.
Peer Leadership Participation
D.A.R.E. offers a variety of activity-oriented techniques which are designed to encourage student-generated responses to problem-solving situations. An important element of D.A.R.E. Is the use of student leaders who do not use drugs as positive role models in influencing younger students not to use drugs and to avoid gangs and violence.
The last lesson of D.A.R.E. is designed as a culminating assembly-type activity to which all classed involved in D.A.R.E. are invited.
For more information you can contact our D.A.R.E. Officers Michelle Cahill.