Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.)
- Teaching Drug, Alcohol & Violence Prevention lessons in elementary, middle school & high school classrooms.
- D.A.R.E. meets and surpasses the standards recommended by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the DOE (U.S. Department of Education) essential for successful prevention strategies, and has these essential components; is science-based; has sufficient time to support extensive practice and in-depth classroom discussions; offers activities that students view as realistic and engaging; provides multi-year interventions; and involves parents and community leaders.
- Teaching the social competencies of decision-making skills, resistance skills and conflict resolution.
- Teaching positive values/self-empowerment regarding personal responsibility and healthy lifestyles.
- Providing a positive role model (mentor) in a non-discipline setting; breaking down the barrier between law enforcement and students; and restraint from drugs, alcohol and violence.
- D.A.R.E. addresses students’ perceptions regarding the normative nature of substance abuse among their peers.
- D.A.R.E. informs students about the consequences of the use of these substances on their brain, body and behaviors to reinforce and increase perceptions of the negative consequences of their use.
- D.A.R.E. increases students’ communication, decision-making and refusal skills resulting in positive behavior.
- LEF provides the only accredited training program in Ohio for D.A.R.E. Officers.
- LEF provides D.A.R.E. Officer training at NO COST to the Officer, the Department or the Schools.
Successful learning and safe learning environments
An increasing number of law enforcement officers define their "beats" as schools. The Law Enforcement Foundation (LEF) is working to ensure that the assignment of officers to schools will be a positive experience for the students, teachers, administrators, schools and Officers.