Drug Abuse Resistance Education began in 1983
as a cooperative effort between the Los Angeles Police Department
and the Los Angeles Unified School District. From the original
10 D.A.R.E. Officers in Los Angeles, the program has trained over
50,000 police officers around the entire world. Today, D.A.R.E.
is the largest and most successful drug abuse prevention program
in the world, reaching 56 million children annually.
The D.A.R.E. Program is provided to 9 Lyndhurst elementary schools
serving over 400 children each year in both the 5th and 7th grades.
The Lyndhurst Police Department presently has 6 trained D.A.R.E.
Officers serving the following Lyndhurst Elementary schools:
Franklin Community School
Jefferson Community School
Sacred Heart School
The 5th grade program consists of 11 weekly lessons capped off
with the presentation of certificates and D.A.R.E. t-shirts to all D.A.R.E program graduates.
Weekly topics for discussion include drug awareness, consequences,
building self-esteem, ways to say no to offers of drugs and alcohol,
stress management, how to deal with peer pressure, taking risks
and conflict resolution along with many more.
Besides teaching D.A.R.E. to the 5th and 7th grade students, the
Officers also visit with the K-4 graders with other safety programs
such as Halloween Safety, Otto the Auto (pedestrian safety) and
the Eddie the Eagle Gun Safety program.
Contact on a regular basis with the students allows our D.A.R.E.
Officers to form a real partnership with the schools and students