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LONDON, KY (WTVQ) — Officers from the London Police Department recently held graduations for the D.A.R.E. program at several local schools.

D.A.R.E stands for Drug Abuse Resistance and Education. Officials say this program teaches Fifth grade students about the harmful effects of different drugs, including alcohol and tobacco. This 10 week course also teaches about peer pressure, and the importance of good decision making, police say.

Schools with student graduating from D.A.R.E included Cold Hill, Conerstone Christian School, East Bernstadt, Hazel Green, Hunter Hills, London, Sublimity, and Wyan Pine Elementary.

Upon completion of the program, students receive a certificate and a small stuffed lion to remind them of what they learned.

Pictured above are some of the graduating students with their officer teachers; Chief Derek House, Sergeant Travis Dotson, Sergeant Danny Robinson, and Officer Justin Hopkins.