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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. 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

2020 Basic DARE Officer Trainings

2020 Basic MS/AL DARE Officer Trainings September 28 – October 8, 2020 DARE Officer Training Application Contact: Lt. Sheri Hall – 662.871.4807 SEND EMAIL

2020 State Training Conference

UPDATE 3/24/20 – CANCELED – Due to current events and impact to our schools/communities, the Board of DARE MS has made the difficult decision to cancel the conference for 2020. In the meantime, our hearts and prayers go out to each and every community. July 13 – 17, 2020 DARE Officer of the Year Form […]

DARE Officer of the Year – MS

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