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DARE Program

The DARE (Drug Abuse and Resistance Education) program was conceived in 1983 by Chief Darrel Gates at the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and has spread across the United States and into the UK since that time. It has been offered by the Covington Police Department since 1990 and is currently taught in schools in the Covington area.

This education program is presented by a commissioned law enforcement officer at the middle and jr. high school levels in conjunction with the St. Tammany Parish School system not only to teach students to resist involvement with drugs and violence, but to also to introduce them to law enforcement in a non-threatening environment. It consists of two main facets:

1) The fifth grade CORE curriculum teaches student to act in their own best interests when facing high-risk, low-gain choices, to resist peer pressure, and to make good personal choices concerning drugs, alcohol and tobacco use.

2) The seventh grade curriculum, a continuation of the fifth grade presentation, reinforces the central messages of good personal choices but also emphasizes the impact of social situations through short videos showing actual teenagers, not actors, reenacting their encounters and decision processes. This program, entitled “Keepin it REAL," was developed in 2009 in conjunction with Penn State University and is certified by several national organizations.

For more information on this program or to request a DARE presentation at your organization, please contact the Duty Officer at (985) 892-8500.