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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

2021 – 2022 Basic DARE Officer Trainings

2021-2022 Basic MS/AL DARE Officer Trainings CANCELED August 16 – 26, 2021 January 24 – Feb 3, 2022  Louisville, MS   DARE Officer Training Application Contact: Lt. Sheri Hall – 662.871.4807 SEND EMAIL

2020 DARE Officer of the Year – MS

2020 Officer Wayne Miller, Biloxi Police Department 2019 Officer Latoria Kimble, Vicksburg Warren School District 2018 Officer Henry Minor, Olive Branch PD

2019 DARE Classroom Educator of the Year

2019 DARE Classroom Educator of the Year Ms. Sharon Martin, Guntown Middle School Pictured L to R: Henry Minor, Olive Branch PD; Wanda Lindsey, Amory PD; Sharon Martin; Sheri Hall, Lee Co SO; Tonya McWhirter, Louisville PD, Latoria Kimble, Vicksburg-Warren School District; and Mark Gilmore, Kosciusko PD _____________________________________________ 2018 DARE Classroom Educator of the Year […]