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Berlin Students Shop with Police to Help Families in Need

Several families in town will have a better holiday season this year thanks to fifth graders and the Berlin Police Department. Earlier this month, three elementary school students were chosen through a lottery system to accompany officers on a trip to the toy store to buy gifts for families in need. The event, in its second year, is part of the D.A.R.E. program for fifth graders. The students and their parents, as well as some siblings, helped officers shop for 11 families at the Toys R’ Us on the Berlin Turnpike.
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D.A.R.E. Graduation Held at Norwalk Concert Hall

More than 1,000 fifth-grade students from Norwalk’s 11 elementary schools filled the Norwalk Concert Hall Wednesday morning to celebrate their D.A.R.E. graduation. D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a curriculum that has been sponsored by the Norwalk...

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Kelly Middle Students Rally Against Drugs

Eighth-graders at Kelly Middle School got a kick-start to their Monday morning by joining three large, furry friends at a loud anti-drug rally in the school’s auditorium. The special guests at the Red Ribbon Week rally included Chester, the Young Marines puppy bulldog mascot, D.A.R.E. mascot Daren the Lion, and Hunter, the mascot of the New England Black Wolves professional lacrosse team, based at Mohegan Sun.
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D.A.R.E. Program Returns

A revamped D.A.R.E. program will return to North Haven public schools, but this program will go beyond teaching to just say no. Previously, the program targeted fifth-grade students, but this one will be presented at North Haven Middle School, to a population that...

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D.A.R.E. students rally against drugs, violence

Norwich fifth-grade students make noise during the annual Red Ribbon Rally Thursday at Norwich Free Academy. Aaron Flaum/ A Norwich police officer wounded in the line of duty urged students not to give up and make the right choices when life gets...

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Mark Medford, Northeast Regional Director
Cell: (424) 227-2384
Fax: (800) 303-1905

Upcoming Events

Connecticut D.A.R.E. Officer Training May 2019 @ Connecticut State Police Training Academy
May 13 – May 24 all-day
Connecticut D.A.R.E. Officer Training May 2019 @ Connecticut State Police Training Academy

Applications are now being accepted for the Connecticut D.A.R.E. Officer Training. The location of this two-week training will be at the Connecticut State Police Training Academy, 285 Preston Avenue Meriden, CT. Classes will begin May 13, 2019 and end on May 24, 2019 (Monday-Friday only, 0800-1700hrs). Seating for this class will be limited; please adhere to the closing date.

All interested applicants should submit an application, through their Chief Executive/Training Officer, to the Connecticut State Police D.A.R.E. Unit, 285 Preston Ave., Meriden, CT 06450. Contact Trooper Kate Cummings #1279 ( with any questions. All training applications should be sent to the attention of Trooper Cummings #1279 no later than Friday, May 3, 2019.

Upon completion of the course each candidate will be certified to teach the K-12 curricula. Applicants must be a certified police officer, have at least two years of police experience, and a strong desire to work with school-aged children. Candidates must be available to attend all ten days of the training course. Free housing at the Connecticut State Police Academy will be available for any out of state candidate.

D.A.R.E. International Training Conference 2019 @ Arizona Grand Resort & Spa
Jun 25 – Jun 27 all-day
D.A.R.E. Mentor Officer Training 2019 @ Fort Magruder Hotel and Conference Center
Oct 14 – Oct 18 all-day
New Hampshire/New England D.A.R.E. Officer Training 2019 @ New Hampshire Richard M. Flynn Fire Academy
Dec 2 – Dec 13 all-day
New Hampshire/New England D.A.R.E. Officer Training 2019 @ New Hampshire Richard M. Flynn Fire Academy | Concord | New Hampshire | United States

Contact info:
TFC Richard J Perreault III (Detective)
New Hampshire State Police
State of NH DARE Facilitator
Office: 603-223-3856
Cell: 603-419-8011
Fax: 603-271-2520


D.A.R.E. International Conference 2020 @ Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun Resort & Spa
Jul 6 – Jul 9 all-day


State D.A.R.E. Contacts

State D.A.R.E. Coordinator
Trooper Katharine Cummings
Connecticut State Police
Phone: (203) 427-2008

State D.A.R.E. Officers Association President
Thomas M. Cirillo
Meriden Police Department, D.A.R.E. Unit
Phone: (203) 630-6276

Grace Vlaun, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advocacy Board Member from Connecticut


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