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The Las Cruces Police Department is hosting a Drug Abuse Resistance Education officer training course with attendees from New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, California, New Jersey and Maryland.

The two-week, 80-hour, course began Monday, Feb. 4, and is being held at the East Mesa Public Safety Complex. Upon successful completion of the course, officers will be certified to teach D.A.R.E.’s ‘keepin’ it REAL’ curriculum in their communities.

LCPD has supported the D.A.R.E. program since the 1980s and is responsible for teaching D.A.R.E. to 5th graders at 17 elementary schools in Las Cruces. LCPD currently has five officers going through the training program.

D.A.R.E. has changed significantly over the past few years and is now one of the programs the Surgeon General identifies as building social, emotional, cognitive and substance refusal skills that provide children accurate information on rates and amounts of peer substance use. The D.A.R.E. mission remains constant: Teaching students good decision-making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives.

The D.A.R.E. training course is a partnership between the Las Cruces Police Department and D.A.R.E. America. The course is being offered to officers free of charge.

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