Drug Abuse Resistance Education
D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program was founded in 1983 in Los Angeles and has proven so successful that it is now being implemented in nearly 80 % of our nations school districts and more than 54 countries around the world.
D.A.R.E. is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teaches children from kindergarten through the 12th grade how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence free lives.
The D.A.R.E. program is designed to be taught by police officers whose training and experience give then the background needed to answer the sophisticated questions often posed by young students about crime and drugs.
Prior to entering the D.A.R.E. program, officers undergo 80 hours of special training in are as such as child development, classroom management, teaching techniques, and communications skills.
D.A.R.E. New Jersey, in collaboration with law enforcement, schools, parents, community and governmental agencies, will provide premier leadership, guidance, direction and program materials to D.A.R.E. Officers, parents and educators in order to deliver a comprehensive drug and violence prevention curriculum and supportive programs to the State's youth and communities.