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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. In 2008, 67,500 students were taught various aspects of the D.A.R.E. Program in K – 12th grades. D.A.R.E. is taught in 150 departments and 350 schools statewide.

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 stunning 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

2017 State Training Conference

July 17th – July 20th (Registration will begin on the afternoon of the 16th) Biloxi, MS Training to be held: Gruich Center (across from Biloxi Civic Center) Host hotel: Palace Resort Hotel – Special rate of $89 plus tax each night – Must let them know you are with the DARE Officers Assoc MS (DOAM) […]

2017 Basic DARE Officer Training

The next 2017 Basic DARE Officer Trainings:   TBA soon – Spring 2017 TBA – Fall 2017 DOT Application Contact Lt. Sheri Hall at 662-680-6037 for more information or to secure a slot.

2015 Mississippi DARE Officer of the Year

  Deputy Lynn Webb, Lafayette Co. SO