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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

2024 Basic DARE Officer Trainings

2024 Basic MS/AL DARE Officer Training February 12 – 22, 2024 Lake Tiak O’Khata, Louisville, MS Cost is $1,699 and includes lodging, lunches, materials, supplies, breaks, and training COMPLETED application with required attachments MUST be received via email to secure a slot DARE Officer Training Application Contact: Lt. Sheri Hall – 662.871.4807 SEND EMAIL

2023 MS DARE Officer of the Year

We would like to congratulate REUBEN SABIO, Biloxi PD for receiving the 2023 MS DARE Officer of the Year Award. SABIO has a distinguished military career, as well as in law enforcement. He is well respected and well-loved by his DARE students and school staff. He recently retired in Nov of 2022, but returned to […]

2023 Summer Training In-Service MS/AL

  Dates: July 19 – 20, 2023 Training begins 8am Wednesday, July 19, 2023 and ends on Thursday afternoon, July 20, 2023 Location (host hotel & where in-service will be held): COURTYARD BEACHFRONT, Gulfport, MS 169.o0 per night (check in on Tuesday, July 18 and check out on Friday, July 21) Click here to book […]