The DARE program was created in 1983 by the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles School District as a proactive means of stopping drug use and violence before they began.
The DARE program is taught by a uniformed law enforcement officer. The reason behind this is that students know that a law enforcement officer deals with the affects of drugs and alcohol on a daily basis, and the uniform helps to reinforce that. Alta's DARE officer is Mike Anderson and he's excited to begin the program in the Alta school system today.
Anderson became a DARE instructor by having at least two years of working experience on the street and by completing a two-week DARE instructor course.
The core program is taught to fifth and sixth graders due to the fact that they are less likely to have experimented with drugs or alcohol and are less likely to have encountered the peer pressure to try drugs and alcohol. Students at this level are also more receptive to prevention education, according to Anderson.
Read the rest of this article in the 11/16 Pilot Tribune.