West Warwick Police Department
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Drug Abuse Resistance Education


D.A.R.E. is substance abuse prevention education and much more!  West Warwick High School

This year millions of school children around the world will benefit from D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), the highly acclaimed program that gives kids the skills they need to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs, and violence.   

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 police officers whose training and experience gave them the background needed to answer the sophisticated questions often posed by young students about drugs and crime.  

D.A.R.E. goes beyond traditional drug abuse and violence prevention programs. It gives children the skills needed to recognize and resist the subtle and overt pressures that cause them to experiment with drugs or become involved in gangs or violent activities.  

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:  

  1. D.A.R.E. "humanizes" the police: that is, young people can begin to relate to officers as people.
  2. D.A.R.E. permits students to see officers in a helping role, not just an enforcement role
  3. D.A.R.E. opens lines of communication between law enforcement and youth
  4. D.A.R.E. Officers can serve as conduits to provide information beyond drug-related topics
  5. D.A.R.E. opens dialogue between the school, police, and parents to deal with other issues

 For more information go to DARE.COM


Det. Lt. John Malloy
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Ptlm. Nicholas Muschiano
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