In 2021, the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and Prevention Strategies completed its three year, multi-longitudinal evaluation of D.A.R.E.’s keepin’ it REAL elementary school prevention education curriculum.

The results of that study were submitted for peer review and publication to Public Library of Science (PLOS ONE), an inclusive journal community working together to advance science by making all rigorous research accessible without barriers.

On April 28, 2023, after completing its thorough peer review of the research, this highly respected journal, as well as the National Institute of Health’s National Library of Medicine, published its research article accepting and reporting the evaluation’s positive findings…

“When compared to virtual control cases, the program had identifiable improvements in both a key psychosocial measure and in terms of deterring the onset of 30-day alcohol use, drunkenness, and vaping. Outcomes suggest that the delivery of elementary school keepin’ it REAL by D.A.R.E. officers is having a positive effect in terms of deterring the onset of alcohol use and vaping.”

Lafayette County’s D.A.R.E. Program Graduates 225 Students

Lafayette County’s D.A.R.E. Program Graduates 225 Students

Lafayette’s D.A.R.E. program graduated 225 students recently. The D.A.R.E. program taught by Lafayette County deputies is a 10-week course that focuses on how students can make responsible decisions when it comes to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, bullying and peer pressure.

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D.A.R.E. curricula provide students the knowledge and skills to make good decisions for safe and healthy living. D.A.R.E.'s keepin' it REAL elementary and middle-school curricula are based on Socio-Emotional Learning Theory which identifies basic skills and processes...

A Different Kind of D.A.R.E.

A Different Kind of D.A.R.E.

The principle is still the same: Friendly officers from the Moorhead Police Department come to fifth grade classrooms every day to prepare kids to make good decisions. But if you attended elementary school in the 1980s and 1990s, when the nationwide program was in its...

D.A.R.E. Returns to Chicago Schools

D.A.R.E. Returns to Chicago Schools

Welcome back, Chicago!
After 13 years, D.A.R.E. returns to Chicago schools with the April 22nd graduation of 40 Chicago Police Officers from a two-week D.A.R.E. Officer Training, and Chicago Police Department Announces New D.A.R.E. Program!
Partnership with schools will teach good decision-making while building trust between community & law enforcement…

School Drug Prevention Program Celebrates 1st Graduation In 14 Years

School Drug Prevention Program Celebrates 1st Graduation In 14 Years

The Southampton Police Department held a D.A.R.E. graduation at Remsenburg-Speonk Elementary School Thursday — the first time Southampton Town has graduated a class in 14 years, according to Lt. Susan Ralph. Sixth graders who participated in the Drug Abuse Resistance…

Radney Elementary School Graduates 200 Students from D.A.R.E.

Radney Elementary School Graduates 200 Students from D.A.R.E.

This past Wednesday, March 23, Radney Elementary School held a special graduation ceremony for over 200 students enrolled in the school's D.A.R.E program. The D.A.R.E. program has been taught to grades K-12 in Alexander City schools since 1990 and is a 10-week...

The Role and Preparation of School Resource Officers

The Role and Preparation of School Resource Officers

There is an opportunity for law enforcement and schools to partner in a way that elevates both institutions and is potentially transformative in building trust and cooperation between community members. If school communities decide that having law enforcement on site…