Drug Abuse Resistance Education
D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a collaborative effort by D.A.R.E.
certified law enforcement officers, educators, students, parents and the
community to offer an educational program in the classroom to prevent or reduce
drug abuse and violence among children and youth. The emphasis of the core
program (grades 5 – 6) is to help students recognize and resist the many direct
and subtle pressures that influence them to experiment with alcohol, tobacco,
marijuana, inhalants or other drugs or to engage in violence.
The D.A.R.E. program, as presented by the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office,
offers preventive strategies to enhance those protective factors, especially
bonding to the family, school and community, which appear to foster the
development of resiliency in young people who may be at risk for substance abuse
or other problem behaviors. Researchers have identified certain protective and
social bonding factors in the family, school and community which may foster
resiliency in young people, in other words, the capacity of young people for
healthy, independent growth in spite of adverse conditions. These strategies
focus on the development of social competence, communication skills,
self-esteem, empathy, decision making, conflict resolution, sense of purpose and
independence, and positive alternative activities to drug abuse and other
destructive behaviors. Another aspect of the program is the D.A.R.E. Decision
Making Model. This model is worked on throughout the program to teach students
how to make good decisions and to give them the confidence that they can make
good choices in any situation.
The program content for D.A.R.E. is organized into 10-45 minute lessons to be
taught by a specially trained law enforcement officer with suggested extended
activities to be integrated into other instruction by the classroom teacher. The
Niagara County Sheriff’s Office currently maintains one full time
D.A.R.E.officer along with three part-time officers to serve the more than 1,500
5th grade students in Niagara County. The elementary curriculum is presented in
the primary buildings in the Barker, Lewiston-Porter, Newfane,
Niagara-Wheatfield, Royalton-Hartland, Starpoint and Wilson school districts. In
addition to all of the public schools in Niagara County, D.A.R.E. is also taught
to fifth grade students in the following private schools: St. Peter’s Lutheran
(Walmore Road), St. John’s Lutheran, Holy Ghost Lutheran, St. Peter’s Lutheran
(N. Ridge) and DeSales Catholic School.
The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. division, in addition to classroom
instruction, also offers speaking engagements to interested groups and clubs.
D.A.R.E. skate nights are held monthly at Skateland on Lincoln Avenue, Lockport,
New York. Skateland sponsors disadvantaged youths to the New York State
Sheriff’s Summer Camp in Penn Yan, New York, and many other services that seek
to enhance the community involvement aspect of the D.A.R.E. program. These
additional activities are filled on an officer availability status.
The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. program is currently coordinated by
Deputy Robert Richards. The office number is (716) 438-3310. Although these
officers are frequently out of the office, all calls are returned as soon as
possible, and our best efforts are given in order to assist the people and
organizations of Niagara County. Please feel free to also contact Deputy
Richards at his e-mail address, which is firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents: Click here for information on participating with your kids in "Family Talk"
discussions of lessons learned during D.A.R.E