DAREDrug Abuse Resistance Education of Gloucester County (D.A.R.E.)

History of the Program

The Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program was developed as a cooperative effort of the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Unified School District to prevent drug abuse in children and youth. Traditional drug abuse programs dwell on the harmful effects of drugs. The program emphasis of D.A.R.E. is to help students recognize and resist the many subtle pressures that influence them to experiment with drugs, gangs and violence. In addition, the 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.

Purpose of the Program

D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a collaborative effort by DARE certified law enforcement officers, educators, students, parents and the community to offer an educational program in the classroom to prevent or reduce drug abuse and violence among our children. The emphasis of DARE is to help students recognize and resist the many direct and subtle pressures that influence them to experiment with alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, or other drugs or to engage in violence.

The DARE program offers preventive strategies to enhance those protective factors - especially bonding to the family, school, and the community which foster the development of our young people by protecting and teaching them, about substance abuse.

The program content for DARE is organized into seventeen 45 to 60 minute lessons to be taught by a law enforcement officer with suggested extended activities to be integrated into other instruction by the classroom teacher. A specially trained officer is assigned to the school one day a week for a semester to conduct weekly lessons in grades 5 or 6.

The DARE program is designed to help achieve our educational goals so that our county can continue to grow.  This can only be done if our children are drug and alcohol free, so that the upcoming decision makers can be able to lead our land without substance abuse. In Gloucester County, all communities have a DARE program in the school system and Prosecutor Dalton is committed to assisting them in any way so that our children are always safe from substance abuse.

All citizens are urged to get involved with their local DARE program and help to keep our children safe, remember no one person can do it, but together, nothing can stop us from stamping out drugs in our schools and our communities.