What is D.A.R.E.?
D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a collaborative effort by law enforcement officers, educators, students, parents and the community to offer an educational program in the classroom to prevent or reduce drug abuse and violence among children and youth. D.A.R.E. is taught by over 25,000 officers in 300,000 classrooms worldwide. 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.
Thousands of students have successfully completed and graduated from the DARE program taught by Laurel Police Officers through Laurel Elementary, Scotchtown Hills Elementary, Deerfield Run Elementary, and Bond Mill Elementary.
How is D.A.R.E. Taught?
D.A.R.E. offers a variety of interactive, group participation, cooperative learning activities which are designed to encourage students to solve problems of major importance in their lives. 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. A police officer certified to teach D.A.R.E. presents each weekly lesson to students. The classroom teacher maintains an important role in their class, assisting with lessons and classroom management.
D.A.R.E. Days at the Laurel Police Department
Over the past several years, the Laurel Police Department has hosted "D.A.R.E. Days" where students from each local elementary school come to the police station to learn more about law enforcement officers. The students go through stations such as a K9 demonstration, evidence collection, and much more.
Funding for Laurel's D.A.R.E. Program is provided 100% through tax revenues or community donations. The City receives no grants from state or federal sources for our program. The City accepts donations from interested Community Groups or Corporate Sponsors to assist with funding for this program. Funds are used for teaching materials, awards, graduation tee-shirts, etc.
If anyone is interested in providing funding or assisting with sponsoring the program on behalf of a particular school, please contact the D.A.R.E. Officer PFC Teddy Bell at (301) 498-0092, or e-mail at [email protected].
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