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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

2017 Basic DARE Officer Training

The next 2017 Basic DARE Officer Training: April 24 – May 4, 2017, Lake Tiak O’Khata – Louisville, MS Cost is $1,399 and includes single occupancy lodging, lunches, registration, materials, supplies, and breaks. DOT Application Contact Lt. Sheri Hall at 662-680-6037 for more information or to secure a slot.

2017 Mississippi Scholarship Opportunities

The DARE Officers Association of Mississippi is proud to announce three scholarships available for Mississippi students in 2017. Three applicants will be awarded $500 – Forms are below – Both are needed to apply and include information, requirements and dates/deadlines Scholarship Cover Letter Scholarship Application Form There will be one winner in each region: North […]

2017 State Training Conference

July 17th – July 20th (Registration will begin on the afternoon of the 16th) Biloxi, MS Training to be held: Gruich Center (across from Biloxi Civic Center) Host hotel: Palace Resort Hotel – Special rate of $89 plus tax each night – Must let them know you are with the DARE Officers Assoc MS (DOAM) […]