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Sheriff Attends 5th-Grade Graduation

Washington County Sheriff Dan Starry and D.A.R.E. instructor Deputy Sheriff Kelly Olson attended Oneka Elementary School’s fifth grade graduation ceremony. Each of the 175 students received diplomas.
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Officer Olson: ‘We made it’

Nearly 90 Falls High School students giggled and leaped across the Backus Community Center stage Tuesday upon graduating from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program. The program is taught by Koochiching County Police Officer Dane Olson, who went through the program as a youngster himself.
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Hermantown Students Celebrate D.A.R.E. Graduation

172 - 6th graders celebrated graduation together at Hermantown High School on Friday, after completing ten separate classes within the D.A.R.E. program. Officer Tim Battaglia says, "You know, yeah they learn a lot of things, they learn facts and health effects on drugs and alcohol, but the D.A.R.E. program is so much more than that . . ."
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D.A.R.E. Connects Students and Law Enforcement

For some kids, D.A.R.E. is the only positive interaction with law enforcement they’ve had.” – Litchfield Police Officer Aaron Nelson. Aaron Nelson of the Litchfield Police Department has been a D.A.R.E. officer since 2006. He enjoys interacting with students at...

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Upcoming Events

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
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. Program Administrator
Kathi Ackerman
Minnesota D.A.R.E., Inc.
Phone: (952) 446-1907 or 1-800-990-3273

State D.A.R.E. Training Coordinator
Taylor Kristoffe-Jones
Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
Phone: (651) 793-2618

State D.A.R.E. Officers Association President
Officer Adam Vande Vrede
Work Cellphone: (320) 293-7911
Personal Cellphone: (320) 420-3436

Will Durie, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advocacy Board Member from Minnesota


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