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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

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2024 Mississippi DARE Scholarship Opportunities

The DARE Officers Association of Mississippi is proud to announce three $500 scholarships available for Mississippi students in 2024. The link to the packet is below – It includes information, requirements, and dates/deadlines: download: 2024 scholarship package There will be one winner in each region: North Mississippi, Central Mississippi, & South Mississippi. DEADLINE: Must be […]

2024 Summer Training In-Service MS/AL

  In 2024, we will be joining with MASRO (MS Assoc of School Resource Officers) and hold our In-Service during the MASRO Conference. In-Service Details: Date for the DARE In-Service class is July 9, 2024 8am – 12noon Imperial Palace Attendance to the DARE In-Service in included in the MASRO Conference Registration MORE DETAILS WILL […]