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D.A.R.E. is a 10-week drug and alcohol resistance education program taught to 5th grade students by specially trained police officers. The primary goal of the program is to teach the students how to make good decisions using the D.A.R.E. Decision-Making Model. The lessons are reinforced with workbook activities and classroom discussions. Students are supplied with factual information on the harmful effects of drugs. Using these facts and the decision making model, students practice making their own decisions to avoid alcohol, drugs, and violence.
Traditionally, to celebrate the successful conclusion of each year’s D.A.R.E. Program we hold an event called D.A.R.E. Day, that typically features static and live displays from Law Enforcement, Fire, and related agencies, and other appearances.
The Adopt-A-Cop program brings police officers into the fourth grade classrooms. Officers are assigned to certain classrooms for a series of visits. The officers discuss with the students ways to avoid gangs and drugs. They also speak about their duties and role in Law Enforcement. The Adopt-A-Cop Program serves as an introduction to D.A.R.E. allowing the students to feel comfortable with police officers in their classrooms.
Second grade students are visited by a police officer who discusses gun safety. The "Eddie Eagle" gun safety video is shown. Students may have the opportunity to act out skits in which a gun is found and show how they would handle the situation. Students are instructed to "STOP, DON’T TOUCH, LEAVE THE AREA, & TELL AN ADULT". This message is repeated in the video as well as in the various handouts.
If you need a gunlock, Project Child Safe has provided free gunlocks to our police department for distribution. You may stop by the Records Department at police headquarters and request one or call 926-4040 to make a request.
A new program in the works is the Officer Phil Program. This program will be funded by paid advertisements which are published in grade level appropriate workbooks. The program, which includes the workbooks, will be presented to all Kindergarten through the fourth grade classes. Creative Safety Products the parent company of Officer Phil is responsible for selling the ads and scheduling the assemblies with the schools. The Officer Phil Program uses puppetry, magic, and other fun mediums to deliver safety and responsibility messages to the students.
Officer Robert O'Donoghue #15153