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HPD Celebrates 30 Years of D.A.R.E. in Hawaii

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Honolulu police celebrated 30 years of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program in Hawaii Saturday afternoon.

Children had the opportunity to meet officers, get an identification card and check out police vehicles at Pearlridge Center.

The goal of the D.A.R.E. program is to send a positive message to keiki that reaches beyond drugs, alcohol and violence.

“Because the D.A.R.E. program is about choices, it’s not only about drugs and alcohol because our main focus is about making the right choice. Our program is called ‘Keeping It Real.’ Its strategies to help them deal with conflict, interacting with others, and being an assertive person,” Corporal Mark Moncrease said.

Members of the D.A.R.E. program visit thousands of elementary and middle school students statewide each year.

From Hawaii News Now.


Drug Abuse Prevention Program D.A.R.E. Celebrates 30 Years

The Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program celebrated 30 years in Hawaii with a family-friendly event at Pearlridge Center Saturday.

Attendees checked out a display of police vehicles, met some of the officers, and got a new or updated keiki identification card.

Starting back in the 1985-86 school year, The goal of D.A.R.E. is to teach Hawaii’s keiki to make safe and responsible decisions to resist alcohol, drugs, tobacco, violence, and other risky situations to lead a safe and healthy life.

“We started with just four schools,” instructor/mentor police corporal Mark Moncrease said. “Now, we’re spread throughout the entire island.

“We go in there before kids make or get involved in different decisions. We want to help improve their decision making. We want them to be able to confront adults who are trying to bully them or trying to entice them to use drugs. … We come in as a prevention method to teach kids to make healthy and positive right choices.

“We know it is making a positive impact on our community,” Moncrease said.

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