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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

2023 Summer Training In-Service MS/AL

updated: 4/25/23 Dates: July 19 – 20, 2023 Training begins 8am Wednesday, July 19, 2023 and ends on the end of day on Thursday, 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 […]

2023 Basic DARE Officer Trainings

2023 Basic MS/AL DARE Officer Training Oct 23 – Nov 2, 2023 Joint training with AL Cost is $1,499 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 Mississippi DARE Scholarship Opportunities

The DARE Officers Association of Mississippi is proud to announce three $500 scholarships available for Mississippi students in 2023. The link to the packet is below – It includes information, requirements, and dates/deadlines: download:  2023 scholarship package There will be one winner in each region: North Mississippi, Central Mississippi, & South Mississippi.