Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) is an education program that seeks to prevent use of controlled drugs and violent behavior within our community's youth. Students who enter the program sign a pledge not to use drugs and are informed by local police officers about the dangers of recreational drug use in an interactive in-school curriculum.
Instructors of the D.A.R.E curriculum are local police officers who must undergo 80 hours of training in areas like child development, communication skills and classroom teaching techniques. Police officers speak and work with students in a classroom setting. During the course of the program, D.A.R.E. officers lead students over a number of sessions on workbooks and interactive discussions.
From 2002 until 2016, the D.A.R.E. program had been absent from our community's school system. In 2016, the LaFollette Police Department proudly re-implemented the D.A.R.E. curriculum into our Elementary and Middle schools, with proven success. The D.A.R.E. officer for the LaFollette Police Department is Officer Danielle Massengill.