To get involved in the D.A.R.E. program, contact school administrators and local law enforcement agencies. These groups can help set up school programs, according to the official D.A.R.E. program website.
D.A.R.E. is a program that helps teach teens peer resistance skills to combat drug use among adolescents, states the National Institute of Justice. Programs can work with older elementary school students, middle school students or high school students and are offered in all 50 states. To start a local D.A.R.E. program, use the following steps.
- Coordinate with other parents
- Express interest to school administration
- Contact local law enforcement
Getting more people on board helps show more support for the program.
D.A.R.E. sets up programs through schools. Therefore, it is important to get school administration on board. School administration must sign an agreement to set up the program, so this is a very important step. If D.A.R.E. is currently offered in the community, the school can contact local law enforcement to set up a program at the school.
If the community does not currently have a D.A.R.E. program, it is important to raise concerns with local law enforcement. Only law enforcement officers can become D.A.R.E. instructors. These instructors must complete training before getting involved in the program, and they must have the support of both their police agency and the local school district.