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The D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Program began in Mississippi in 1988. It started out in only a few departments. Now there are over 125 certified officers in this state alone. Students are now taught various aspects of the D.A.R.E. Program in K – 12th grades.

The Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program, the pioneer prevention effort founded in Los Angeles in 1983, is high-tech, interactive, and decision-model-based. Gleaming with the latest in prevention science and teaching techniques, D.A.R.E. has reinvented itself as part of a major national research study that promises to help teachers and administrators cope with ever-evolving federal prevention program requirements and the thorny issues of school violence, budget cuts, and terrorism.

Gone is the old-style approach to prevention in which an officer stands behind a podium and lectures students in straight rows. D.A.R.E. officers are now trained as “coaches” to support kids who are using research-based refusal strategies in high-stakes peer-pressure environments. D.A.R.E. students are now getting to see for themselves — via multimedia — tangible proof of how substances diminish mental activity, emotions, coordination and movement.

With research showing that adolescents, in particular, need to be involved in the learning process, experts shifted the focus in the D.A.R.E. curriculum to include officer-facilitated work, discussion groups, and role-playing sessions. D.A.R.E. is now about giving kids the skills and information they need to make good life choices.


D.A.R.E. Officer Updates

2022 Summer Training In-Service MS/AL

Dates:  Wednesday, July 20 – Friday, July 22, 2022 Location: Biloxi, MS Host Hotel: Palace Resort and Casino 800-725-2239 Group Code: G/0777 Rate is $139 per night (155.68 w/tax) Tax exempt letters need to be handled with the hotel IN ADVANCE Cost: $50  2022 DOAM In-Service Registration 2022 Training Agenda (coming soon)

2022 Basic DARE Officer Trainings

2022 Basic MS/AL DARE Officer Trainings January 24 – Feb 3, 2022 LTOK, Louisville, MS August 22 – September 1, 2022  Etowah County, AL   DARE Officer Training Application Contact: Lt. Sheri Hall – 662.871.4807 SEND EMAIL

2020 DARE Officer of the Year – MS

2020 Officer Wayne Miller, Biloxi Police Department 2019 Officer Latoria Kimble, Vicksburg Warren School District 2018 Officer Henry Minor, Olive Branch PD