D.A.R.E. Officers go through a specialized two-week training where they are taught (and practice) public speaking, classroom management techniques, lesson planning, team building, and much more. The officers spend many hours working with trained staff and Educators in the latest brain research, brain based learning, youth culture trends, drug information, learning styles, facilitation/effective questioning, and active listening. They also learn and practice the D.A.R.E. curriculum material.
D.A.R.E. is not just a “say no” program. D.A.R.E. focuses on many aspects such as decision making, consequences, risks, health effects, communication, friendships, peer pressure, personal pressure, confidence, refusal techniques, and bullying. There are enhancement lessons that can be added for recognizing role models, meth, gangs, and internet safety that are now available.
D.A.R.E. does not just target one grade! There is a curriculum for K-4th grades, 5/6th grades, 7/8th grades and even a brand new high school curriculum that is set to be released this year.
Become a D.A.R.E. Officer
Interested in becoming a D.A.R.E. Officer?
The requirements for becoming a D.A.R.E. Officer are:
- Complete our Training Application Form
- Full-time, state certified law enforcement officer
- Have at least two years of law enforcement experience
- Be in good standing in the community and the department
- Complete the D.A.R.E. Officer Training application, which includes an agreement with your local school district
- A two year degree is recommended but not required
- Complete background check and interview
Contact Lt. Sheri Hall, State Training Coordinator at 662-680-6037 for more information.