Drug Abuse Resistance Education
The D.A.R.E. Program was developed as a cooperative effort of the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Unified School District to prevent drug abuse in children and youth. Traditional drug abuse programs dwell on the harmful effects of drugs. The program emphasis of D.A.R.E. is to help students recognize and resist the many subtle pressures that influence them to experiment with drugs, gangs, and violence. In addition, program strategies are planned to focus on feelings relating to self-esteem, interpersonal and communication skills, decision making, and positive alternatives to drug abuse behavior.
The instructional guide for D.A.R.E. has been developed to assist police officers, school administrators and teachers in the planning and implementation of a program of drug abuse resistance education for students in 5th grade.
The Des Peres Department of Public Safety currently has three certified D.A.R.E. officers. D.A.R.E. is taught at St. Paul's Lutheran School, St. Clement of Rome School and St. Gerard Majella School.
For more information on D.A.R.E. visit the Official D.A.R.E. Web Site.