D.A.R.E or Drug Abuse Resistance Education – is the world’s leading prevention program. D.A.R.E. Officers receive an 80 hour training course conducted by highly skilled mentors with many years of experience in the classroom, as well as university level educators. The State of Oregon provided training to 22 officers in January 2019.
Warm Springs K-8 Academy School Resource Officer Kevin O’Brien was among those who participate. This spring, Officer O’Brien ran a pilot D.A.R.E. class for 5th grade students, as part of the K8’s 21st Century Afterschool Program. Those students will be recognized at an assembly in the school commons Friday (June 7, 2019) at 2:20pm.
The Warm Springs Police Department and the 509J School District are committed to continuing D.A.R.E. programming and working toward educating youth on problem solving and decision making techniques that help them to make good choices and to stay safe.