Welcome to DARE Ohio * About DARE Ohio * Program Overview
The D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program is an internationally recognized, model program created in 1983 by the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Unified School District.
D.A.R.E. provides students from kindergarten through high school with the skills necessary to recognize and resist pressures to experiment with drugs and to avoid gangs and violence. Lessons emphasize self-esteem, decision making, interpersonal communications skills, the consequences of drug abuse, conflict resolution and positive alternatives to substance abuse.
The most important facet of D.A.R.E. is the use of specially trained police officers to deliver the curriculum within the schools. Police Officers are accepted as authorities on drug abuse, as they deal with drug abuse and its consequences on a daily basis.
In order to be certified to instruct D.A.R.E. an officer must complete two weeks (80 hours) of intensive training by Ohio’s accredited Training Center.
The Law Enforcement Foundation is the only entity in Ohio with permission to train D.A.R.E. Officers. The DARE Officer Training is administered and funded by the Law Enforcement Foundation.