Facing unparalleled drug abuse among our youth in the 1970’s and early 1980’s, visionary Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates and the Los Angeles Unified School District in 1983 launched an unprecedented and innovative substance abuse prevention education program – Drug Abuse Resistance Education. The Glassboro Police Department has participated in the D.A.R.E. Program since the early ’90’s and finds it to be effective in educating our youth about the dangers of drugs while building relationships with the students.
The D.A.R.E Program brought a year of fun and learning to the students’ during their final year at Bowe School. The curriculum introduced the students to a technical view of making life decisions. We enhanced the program by adding specific classes regarding the special abilities of the Glassboro Police K-9 Unit and career options in law enforcement with a member of our department.
D.A.R.E.’s core curriculum is based upon decision making. The students are taught to break down the decisions they make. This ranges from the most routine, daily task, to complicated life changing dilemmas. They are then taught to recognize this process and use it to assist them in making intelligent decisions. This will be a tool that will help them in the future to stay drug and violence free.