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Attention Missouri DARE Officers

2023 D.A.R.E. Officer Training –  September 2023

Visit the Missouri Police Chiefs Association website

for more details and registration form.

Why D.A.R.E. is Unique?

Comprehensive Coverage

D.A.R.E.’s curricula are effective, impactful, and developmentally age-specific for all grades, preK-2, 3rd and 4th grade, Elementary, Middle, and High School, and include supplemental enhancement lessons (prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse, internet safety, bullying and role models).

The key to effective delivery of school-based, curriculum-driven prevention programming is a comprehensive “system” dedicated to training those who will deliver the curricula.

Highly Trained Officers

Only officers who are carefully vetted by leadership in their community law enforcement agencies are sent to DOTs. They are further vetted by the mentors responsible for training new D.A.R.E. officers. Then, D.A.R.E. officers undergo a rigorous 80-hour training course conducted by mentors with a significant number of years of classroom experience as well as university-level educators in Colleges of Education.

“Local Human Face”

When classroom teachers deliver a prevention curriculum, parents and others in the community think of them as “teachers” of a certain grade, or “teachers” of a certain topic, not as teachers of “prevention.” However, parents, school administrators, teachers, and members of the general community think of law enforcement officers as THE D.A.R.E. Officer who teaches drug prevention. The most common comment from parents received by researchers is: “The D.A.R.E. officer was always at our family dinner table on the days he/she was in our child’s classroom/school.”

How To Start a D.A.R.E. Program

Here at MDOA, we are committed to helping our communities.

Where do I start a D.A.R.E. Program?

Contact your School Administrator and your local Chief of Police, County Sheriff, Mayor or County Executive request that they host a D.A.R.E. program in your school.

What does a D.A.R.E. Program Cost?

Only the cost of a student’s D.A.R.E. workbook/planner, $1.29 per child. For a new or returning D.A.R.E. placement, student workbooks and instructors instructional materials are provided free by D.A.R.E. America in the first year.

Who Can Present D.A.R.E.?

Police officers receive training at a two week D.A.R.E. Officer Training course. The Missouri Police Chiefs Association takes pride in hosting an annual training each September and draws officers from all over the country. Training is typically free from grants and donations. See the MOPCA training calendar.

What Are The Length of The Classes?

The D.A.R.E. elementary K-2, 3-6, middle school kiR, and D.A.R.E. high school curriculums are each comprised of 10 lessons, designed to be taught in 45 to 60 minutes based on school scheduling availability. Each have their own supplemental lessons about prescription abuse, depression, and vaping. Each class can be taught virtual as well.

If I Need Help, Where Do I Go?

The State D.A.R.E. Coordinator or the D.A.R.E. America Regional Director responsible for your State. Or contact MDOA at [email protected]