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D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education)

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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. Prior to entering D.A.R.E. program, officers undergo 80 hours of special training in areas such as child development skills. Forty hours of additional training are provided to D.A.R.E. instructors to prepare them to teach the high school curriculum.

The Sheriff's Office provides the D.A.R.E. curriculum to 7 of the 16 elementary schools in Cleveland County. Approximately 800 students each school semester complete this 10 week program. After completing the program students participate in a special Culmination program. This gives the essay winners from each school an opportunity to present their essays to fellow students and their parents. The program closes with our Semi-Annual D.A.R.E. Dance. The D.A.R.E. program provides students with alternatives to using drugs or resorting to violence as a means to handle difficult problems.

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