D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) was founded in 1983 in Los Angeles and has proven so successful that it is now being implemented in 75 percent of our nation's school districts and in more than 43 countries around the world. D.A.R.E.'s primary mission is to provide children with the information and skills they need to live drug-and-violence-free lives. Additionally, it equip kids with the tools that will enable them to avoid negative influences which will allow them to focus on their strengths and potential. It also establishes positive relationships between students and law enforcement, teachers, parents, and other community leaders. Every youngster should have the opportunity to grow-up healthy, safe, secure, and equipped with the skills needed to succeed in life.
The D.A.R.E curricula are science based and is the largest and most effective educational delivery network. D.A.R.E is highly interactive, using small group discussions and role playing of real life situations that kids face constantly - the temptation and peer pressure to use tobacco, alcohol and drugs. Rigorous scientific evaluation has documented that kids who complete the D.A.R.E program, have improved decision making skills and view drugs as unacceptable and possess a significantly decreased likelihood of ever using drugs.
The Muscogee County Marshal's Office D.A.R.E Deputy goes into elementary schools of Muscogee County School District and teaches students the twelve-week curricula per school, which ends with a culmination graduation ceremony. The deputy also teaches proper seat belt and child safety seat use, Internet safety, bullying prevention, and many other community oriented topics.
The D.A.R.E Deputy is a certified law enforcement officer and receives annual training in effective teaching methods, classroom management, and updates through D.A.R.E. America.