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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. 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

2014 State Training Conference

The 2014 State Training Conference will be held in Biloxi, MS this year. July 20 – 24, 2014 Host hotel is the Palace Resort in Biloxi, MS (Rate is $66.08 per night – Tax is not included – To be exempt from tax, please submit a copy of your tax exempt letter) Ask for S1DARE rate […]

Basic DOT 2014

The next Basic DARE Officer Training: August 11 – 22, 2014 Biloxi, MS Cost: $600 (includes registration, 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 limited.