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D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a cooperative
effort of the CONNECTICUT STATE POLICE and LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS to
prevent drug abuse in children and youth.
Traditional drug abuse programs dwell on harmful effects of drugs. The
program emphasis of Project D.A.R.E. is to help students recognize and
resist the many subtle pressures that influence them to experiment with
alcohol, cigarettes and drugs. In addition, program strategies are
planned to focus on feelings relating to self-esteem, interpersonal and
communication skills, decision making, and positive alternatives to
drug abuse behavior. The focus of the program is aimed at the fifth and
sixth grades. The reason for this focus is that this is the age group
where peer pressure is going to become a large part of the youth's
D.A.R.E.'s aim is to equip our youth with the skills to resist peer
pressure to experiment with and use harmful drugs and alcohol.
The program content for D.A.R.E. is organized into seventeen 60 minute
lessons to be conducted by a POLICE OFFICER and suggested extended
activities to be taught by the regular classroom teacher.
The lessons will be conducted by a specially trained police officer who
will have successfully completed an eighty hour training course. This
course includes: officer - school relationships, development of
self-esteem, peer pressure resistance techniques, narcotics
recognition, communication skills, child development and classroom
evaluations. The State Department of Education is actively involved in
the eighty hour instructor training process. Areas of expertise
addressed include: classroom management techniques, public speaking,
lesson plan outlines, teaching methodology and teacher - parent -
D.A.R.E. offers variety oriented techniques which are designed to
encourage student generated responses to problem solving situations.
The classroom teacher also remains in the D.A.R.E. classroom and
participates along with the students; this strengthens student teacher
Project D.A.R.E. has undergone numerous evaluations by skilled
researchers with similar results reported in most jurisdictions. The
D.A.R.E. students overwhelmingly accepted the D.A.R.E. program and felt
it was successful. Principals and teachers reported positive
changes in individual students, classes, and schools. Additionally,
school personnel reported an increase in positive attitudes towards law
enforcement personnel, a reduction in school vandalism, truancy and
disciplinary actions, an increase in self-confidence levels, and a more
positive attitude toward school.
Project D.A.R.E. began in the Los Angeles school system. It was
developed by the Los Angeles Unified School District, the Los Angeles
City Board of Education, and the Los Angeles City Police Department.
Project D.A.R.E. has now become a nationwide program. Project D.A.R.E.
came to Connecticut two years ago where a small pilot program was
conducted. Because of the outstanding success of those pilot programs,
Statewide Narcotics Task Force, of the Connecticut State Police has
instituted the D.A.R.E. Police Officer Training Program for the State
of Connecticut. The first training program was done on October 28,
1988, and thirty-three Connecticut police officers successfully
completed the eighty hour course.
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