What is D.A.R.E.?

Since 1993, the Paulding County Sheriff's Office has been providing children with the information and skills they need to live drug and violence free lives. D.A.R.E.Deputies equip kids with the tools that will enable them to avoid negative influences and instead, allow them to focus on their strengths and potential. D.A.R.E. Deputies, using techniques of facilitation-gone are the days of the didactic lecture-guides students as they work in small cooperative learning groups using the D.A.R.E. decision making model to apply to real life situations. Paulding County Sheriff's Office D.A.R.E. Deputies customize the D.A.R.E. program to meet identified needs with enhancement lessons, gangs, methamphetamines, bullying, cyber-bullying, Rx/OTC (prescription/over-the-counter), and Community presentations.

  • D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a collaborative program in which local law enforcement and local schools join together to educate students about the personal and social consequences of substance abuse and violence.
  • The D.A.R.E. curricula are delivered to all elementary schools within the Paulding County School District.
  • D.A.R.E. was founded in 1983 in Los Angeles and has proven so successful that it is now being implemented in 75 percent of our nation’s school districts and in more than 43 countries around the world.
  • D.A.R.E. is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teaches children from kindergarten through 12th grade how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives.
  • The D.A.R.E. curriculum is designed to be taught by deputies whose training and experience gave them the background needed to answer the sophisticated questions often posed by young students about drugs and crime. Prior to entering the D.A.R.E. program, Deputies undergo 80 hours of special training in areas such as child development, classroom management, teaching techniques, and communication skills.
  • D.A.R.E. is Community Policing.
  • D.A.R.E. is universally viewed as an internationally recognized model of community policing. The United States Department of Justice has identified how D.A.R.E. benefits local communities.