D.A.R.E. is an educational program to help kids learn about drugs, peer pressure, and the effects that drugs have on people. Each student receives a D.A.R.E. workbook with several activities and stories in it. The program consists of nine forty-five minute lessons taught by a street-experienced police officer. D.A.R.E., Drug Abuse Resistance Education, is a nation wide program in use in many schools in America.
D.A.R.E. officers can teach the D.A.R.E. program, they can initiate several positive alternative activity programs, they can be a positive role model for the youth in our community and still the desired results would be limited. The D.A.R.E. program requires more than a uniformed officer in the classroom, it requires the involvement of the school and most importantly the involvement of the parents to be a truly effective program. Parents are the first and most powerful role model in the life of their child. Parents are children’s first “ROLE MODELS” and what parents do, children will also do. There is a sign in a school that reads, “If we are not practicing what we teach, then we are teaching something different.” Parents should re-enforce at home what the D.A.R.E. officer is teaching at school.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. program is fully funded by the Sheriff’s Office. We have one Deputy currently assigned as the DARE officer in the county.
Each year the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office conducts a week long summer camp which is made up of campers from the DARE classes in all Lincoln County schools.