DRUG ABUSE RESISTANCE EDUCATION
D.A.R.E. is an international program, usually led by local police departments and taught in local schools, to address issues of drugs, violence, bullying, internet safety, and other high risk circumstances. The Green Tree Police Department is a proud participant in the D.A.R.E. Program and has officers that have completed the D.A.R.E. Officer Training (DOT) and teach the program each year to fifth graders at Aiken Elementary and St. Margaret's in Green Tree. This ten-week course teaches students good decision-making skills that they can build upon with regards to peer pressure, exposure to drugs, bullying, and sexual predators in life situations and on the internet.
The information is presented in an age-appropriate way and also encourages the children to build a relationship with a local police officer in the community. The officer gets to know the children too, learn about their personal issues and situations, and provide a strong personal role model to look up to and trust. The important lessons taught during D.A.R.E. classes help build values that will guide students as they navigate the sometimes difficult waters of growing up. Through D.A.R.E. lessons, students are empowered to respect others and choose to lead lives free from violence, substance abuse, and other dangerous behaviors.
Contact the Green Tree Police Department at 412-921-8624 or visit the D.A.R.E. website.