On January 18, 1983, The Los Angeles Police Department joined with the Greater Los Angeles Unifed School district to establish an anti-drug education program. The new program was called Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E). The program has proven to be so successful that it is now implemented in 75% of our nation's school districts and in more than 43 countries around the world.
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Members of the Police Department who are certified D.A.R.E officers teach students how to resist the temptations of addictive substances such as drugs, alcohol and tobacco while building confidence and self esteem.
Since its inception, The D.A.R.E. curriculum has been modified to meet the changing needs of the young people as well as to maintain D.A.R.E.'s place at the cutting edge of prevention research imperatives.
D.A.R.E. goes beyond traditional drug abuse and violence prevention programs. It gives children the skills needed to recognize and resist the subtle and overt pressures that cause them to experiment with drugs or become involved in gangs or violent activities.
Since being introduced in 1992, The Rotterdam Police Department has used its Drug Abuse Resistance Program to positively affect the lives of thousands of Rotterdam school children.