Launched in 1983, D.A.R.E. is a comprehensive K-12 education program taught in thousands of schools in America and 52 other countries. D.A.R.E. curricula address drugs, violence, bullying, internet safety, and other high risk circumstances that today are too often a part of students’ lives.
The D.A.R.E. Mission
“Teaching students good decision-making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives”
The D.A.R.E. Vision
“A world in which students everywhere are empowered to respect others and choose to lead lives free from violence, substance abuse, and other dangerous behaviors.”
Facing unparalleled drug abuse among our youth in the 1970’s and early 1980’s, visionary Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates and the Los Angeles Unified School District in 1983 launched an unprecedented and innovative substance abuse prevention education program – Drug Abuse Resistance Education.
With each passing year, D.A.R.E.’s success was seen in classrooms and homes leading to rapid growth and expansion. As each decade passed and success increased, the challenges facing children and families also grew. Today, through the leadership of D.A.R.E.’s dedicated Board of Directors, and the tireless commitment and hard work of tens of thousands of officers and educators throughout America and around the globe, D.A.R.E strives each day to achieve its vital mission… to fulfill a vision.
Starting a D.A.R.E. Program
Thank you for your interest in making a positive difference in the lives of children. The D.A.R.E. program teaches students good decision-making skills to help them lead safe and responsible lives.
Founded in 1983 by Los Angeles Police Department, today more than 15,000 D.A.R.E. officers and deputies are in over 10,000 communities nationwide educating America’s youth and serving as the first line of defense in America’s schools.
The D.A.R.E. program is taught in all 50 states, and 49 other countries. All curricula are science-based, age appropriate, and written by a national panel of curriculum and prevention experts. The D.A.R.E. currciula meets the core educational standards of health, language arts, and math.
D.A.R.E. meets the needs of communities and schools as it relates to “bullying”.
The basic 80 hour D.A.R.E. Officer Training (DOT) allows a police officer or deputy to teach both the elementary curriculum and the middle school curriculum.
D.A.R.E. has new elementary and middle school curriculums, keepin’ it REAL (kiR). The D.A.R.E. kiR middle school curriculum which is an evidence based program listed on the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).
A D.A.R.E. Instructor must be a uniformed law enforcement officer, meeting the minimum training standards for peace officer status in their state of residence, and who has completed the equivalent of two years as a peace officer with full police powers. Additionally, the D.A.R.E. Instructor candidate’s employing police agency shall have a memorandum of understanding with concerned school district(s) allowing implementation of D.A.R.E. after completion of the candidate’s training.
If you are a parent or caregiver in a community where D.A.R.E. is already taught but is not in your school at the present time please contact your school administrator/principal and request the local law enforcement agency begin to teach D.A.R.E. at your school.
If D.A.R.E. is not currently in your community, begin by talking to other like-minded parents and caregivers and approach the local school administrator/principal to discuss your concerns and your interest in the D.A.R.E. program. Please feel free to bring this information with you. Once the school has agreed, contact the local law enforcement agency and request a meeting to discuss those same concerns and your interest in the D.A.R.E. program. Once the law enforcement agency expresses interest suggest they contact the Regional Director or the D.A.R.E. Coordinator for your state. You can also call D.A.R.E. America Headquarters at (800) 223-3273.
Where do I start to get a D.A.R.E. program?
Contact your School Administrator and your local Chief of Police, County Sheriff, Mayor or County Executive requesting in writing that they host a D.A.R.E. program in your school.
What does D.A.R.E. need in writing?
A joint signed agreement by the School Administrator and the host Chief or Sheriff of Law Enforcement Agency presenting D.A.R.E. A sample of this written agreement can be downloaded from here: A Commitment Between Law Enforcement and Education Agencies to Implement D.A.R.E.
What does a D.A.R.E. program cost?
Only the cost of a student’s D.A.R.E. workbook/planner, $1.29 per child. For a new or returning D.A.R.E. placement, student workbooks and instructors instructional materials are provided free by D.A.R.E. America in the first year.
Who can present D.A.R.E.?
A uniformed law enforcement officer that’s certified by state and who’s been specially trained to teach D.A.R.E. to your kids.
Where can they be trained?
At a two week D.A.R.E. Officer Training course in your state or in your D.A.R.E. Region. See the training calendar.
What does it cost to train a D.A.R.E. Officer?
Depending on the training site selected, the cost vary from Free to about $700.00.
What are the length of the D.A.R.E. classes?
The D.A.R.E. elementary and middle school kiR and D.A.R.E. high school curriculums are each comprised of 10 lessons, designed to be taught in 45 to 60 minutes based on school scheduling availability.
If I need help, who or where do I go?
Danny Talley, Central Regional Director
Prior to joining D.A.R.E. America, Danny Talley spent over thirty years in law enforcement having begun his career in 1985 as a Police Officer with the Big Stone Gap Police Department in Southwest Virginia. Danny retired from law enforcement in 2017 as a Major on the Command Staff of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
Danny joined the Tennessee Highway Patrol in 1987 as a Tennessee State Trooper and quickly ascended through the ranks while serving in a variety of capacities throughout the state. In 2009, he was promoted to the rank of Captain, serving as Director of the Criminal Investigations Division in Nashville with statewide responsibilities of all plain clothes investigative functions of the Department. He later transferred back into uniform and assumed command of the THP 5th District with oversight of the thirteen-counties of Upper East Tennessee.
In 2012, Danny was promoted to the rank of Major returning to Nashville and joining the THP Command Staff where he oversaw the Administrative Support Bureau. This assignment encompassed the Emergency Services Division, Training Division, Support Services Division, Research, Planning & Development, Protective Services Division, and Special Programs Division responsible for the statewide coordination of the D.A.R.E. program.
Danny is a graduate of Walters State Community College and East Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. He is an alumnus of Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, FEMA Center for Domestic Preparedness, FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Course and the FBI National Academy.
Danny can be reached through
Cell: (424) 227-2520