D.A.R.E. Program


Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.), a nationally recognized program that teaches school age children to say "NO" to drugs, was piloted by the Los Angeles Police Department in September of 1983. So successful was the program that it has spread to all 50 states as well as American military posts throughout the world.

D.A.R.E. is a collaborative effort between law enforcement, schools, parents, and the community. D.A.R.E. teaches children to recognize and resist the direct and subtle pressures that influence them to experiment with alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, inhalants, and other drugs. Because 70% to 90% of all crime is drug/alcohol related, it is imperative that we properly instruct and prepare children. To learn more about D.A.R.E. and how it works throughout the nation, visit the D.A.R.E. website at www.dare.com.

The D.A.R.E. Program can be introduced to K-2 children and continue with 3-4th grades with the core curriculum usually taught to 5th graders. A new D.A.R.E. curriculum challenges students by having them participate in active learning. The benefit to children is the strong foundation of decision-making skills that they apply to real life situations. The new D.A.R.E. curriculum has been shortened to nine lessons and a culmination.

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office has supported the D.A.R.E. program since 1996. The Columbia County Sheriff's Office has several certified D.A.R.E. instructors who have been actively involved with schools in the following townships and communities: Arlington, Caledonia, Dekorra, Fort Winnebago, Lewiston, Marcellon, and Pardeeville. To learn more about drugs of abuse, visit our Drug Program Information.

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office has received generous support from the community to continue our efforts. Both businesses and private individuals have made contributions. In addition, the Portage Elks Club sponsors an annual golf outing to help raise money for local D.A.R.E. programs.

For more information, contact or e-mail
Sgt. Richard Hoege at (608) 742-4166