The D.A.R.E. program, the pioneer prevention effort, was founded in 1983 it is now being implemented in 75 percent of our nation’s school districts and in more than 43 countries around the world. The Wolcott Police Department has been actively involved with the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) Program for many years. Police officers receive instructor certifications in the program methodology from the Municipal Police Training Council (MPTC) and the Wolcott Police Department’s concentration is primarily directed to all 5th grade students in the Wolcott district on the dangers of drugs, tobacco products, bullying, and violence.
The D.A.R.E. program is more than just drug prevention education; it teaches students good decision making skills to help them avoid high-risk behavior to ensure they grow up healthy, safe and secure.
The totally new D.A.R.E. curricula integrates the latest in research-based strategies into the world’s largest and most effective educational delivery network—-D.A.R.E.
Keepin’ it REAL
Date of Review: December 2006
Keepin’ it REAL is a multicultural, school-based substance use prevention program for students 12-14 years old. Keepin’ it REAL uses a 10-lesson curriculum taught by trained classroom teachers in 45-minute sessions over 10 weeks, with booster sessions delivered in the following school year. The curriculum is designed to help students assess the risks associated with substance abuse, enhance decisionmaking and resistance strategies, improve antidrug normative beliefs and attitudes, and reduce substance use. The narrative and performance-based curriculum draws from communication competence theory and a culturally grounded resiliency model to incorporate traditional ethnic values and practices that protect against substance use. The curriculum places special emphasis on resistance strategies represented in the acronym REAL: Refuse offers to use substances, Explain why you do not want to use substances, Avoid situations in which substances are used, and Leave situations in which substances are used.
The Wolcott Police Department DARE Officer’s:
Frisbie School: Ofc. Craig Gulick
Wakelee School: Sgt. Pat Malloy
Alcott School: Sgt. Pat Malloy
Former DARE Officer’s: Sgt. Chris Wihbey; Sgt. Mark Dressel, Off. Jeff Bender, Off. Thomas Gorman