What is D.A.R.E.?

D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance and Education. It is a drug abuse prevention education program designed to equip elementary and junior high school

dare-parents children with knowledge about drug abuse, the consequences of abuse, and skills for resisting peer pressure to experiment with drugs, alcohol and tobacco. D.A.R.E. was originally developed in 1983 by the Los Angeles Police Department in conjunction with the Los Angeles United School district. Based on the premise that prevention is the only long-term answer to drug abuse, the program grew to include all 50 states and many countries abroad. In the City of Monroe, D.A.R.E. is a strong presence, creating a positive atmosphere for students to interact with uniformed law enforcement officers.

This unique program uses uniformed law enforcement officers to teach a formal curriculum to students in a classroom setting. The City of Monroe PD began teaching the program in 2003 in schools that service the citizens of Monroe.  The elementary school D.A.R.E. program targets 6th graders and prepares them to enter junior high school, where pressures to use drugs and alcohol will most likely occur. 

D.A.R.E. To Say No!

D.A.R.E. lesson plans focus on four major areas:

  1. Providing accurate information about drugs, alcohol and tobacco.
  2. Teaching students good decision-making skills.
  3. Showing students how to recognize and resist peer pressure.
  4. Giving students ideas for positive alternatives to drug use.

D.A.R.E officers work with children to raise their self-esteem, teach them how to make decisions on their own, and help them identify positive alternatives to drugs. Through role-playing, the D.A.R.E., curriculum emphasizes the negative consequences of drug use, and reinforces the skills to resist peer pressure and intimidation.