DARE Program

The DARE Program 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. It "humanizes" the police: that is, young people can begin to relate to officers as people. DARE permits students to see officers in a helping role, not just an enforcement role. The program opens lines of communication between law enforcement and youth. DARE Officers can serve as conduits to provide information beyond drug-related topics. It opens dialogue between the school, police, and parents to deal with other issues.

Teaching children the skills to say “no” to alcohol and drugs is the focus of Project DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education). The curriculum taught by specially selected and trained law enforcement officers. DARE teaches coping skills necessary for managing the personal pressures which can lead to drug and alcohol experimentation.

Any school not listed may contact Concord City Police or Kannapolis City Police for SRO information.