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D.A.R.E. MS

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

2015 State Training Conference

July 19 – 23, 2015 Biloxi, MS Host Hotel: The Palace – Room rates $59 per night Training location: Biloxi Civic Center Early Registration is $225 and Late/On-site Registration is $250 Forms and more information will be added soon

Basic DOT 2015

The next 2015 Basic DARE Officer Trainings: March 9 – 20, 2015 Meridian, MS Cost: No Charge for MCOPS grantees.  Available space for non-grantees or out-of-state is $899 (includes registration, lodging, meals, supplies and materials) Download app here: DOT Application Contact Lt. Sheri Hall at 662-680-6037 for more information or to secure a slot. Slots are […]