D.A.R.E. - Drug Awareness Resistance Education
Teaching children the skills to say "no" to alcohol and drugs is the focus of Project D.A.R.E. The program was developed in 1983 as a joint venture of the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Unified School District. The program provides coping skills necessary for managing the personal pressures which can lead to drug and alcohol experimentation.
A unique feature of D.A.R.E. is the use of law enforcement officers as instructors. These officers receive intensive training to enable them to effectively teach in the classroom. In the selection of officers, great emphasis is placed on human relations and communication skills. In addition, workshops are held for teachers and parents. They are made aware of the signs of substance abuse, how to intervene, and where to seek assistance.