Resistance education is the cornerstone of our drug education program. When D.A.R.E. is coupled with Community Policing, officer/child relationships are built which otherwise may never occur; positive interaction makes lasting impressions on at-risk children.
The Mansfield Division of Police provides D.A.R.E. to every fifth grader in the Mansfield City Schools. D.A.R.E. principles are reinforced throughout the year through D.A.R.E. activities and the D.A.R.E. Officer’s participation at various school events.
One of the unique features of D.A.R.E. is the use of police officers as instructors. The D.A.R.E. officer selected for this “classroom beat” has been carefully screened, and has been selected for his abilities in human relations and communications.
The D.A.R.E. curriculum focuses on four major areas: Providing accurate information about alcohol and drugs; teaching student’s decision making skills; showing them how to resist peer pressure; helping them develop alternatives to drug use.