D.A.R.E. still faces problems when departments have to decide where their funds are going. Parsons says that sometimes departments have suspended and gone back to D.A.R.E., but not because of effectiveness or desirability. According to many officers, D.A.R.E. should never be on the cutting block.
"In all the things that are going on with drugs and violence, we have to take this step and give this information and build relationships." Klue says. "D.A.R.E. touches families and kids and it really spreads. What we teach them is life-long learning skills."
Michelle Perin worked as a police telecommunications operator with the Phoenix Police Department for eight years. Currently, she is working on her M.A. in criminology from Indiana State University and writes full-time. To contact Perin, visit www.thewritinghand.net.What's new about D.A.R.E?
- New leadership
- Increased research activities to maintain program efficacy
- Science-based curricular components
- Training model and instructional methodology
- Funding opportunities for local D.A.R.E. programs
- Adjusted to the scientifically recognized high-risk group of seventh- and ninth-graders
- Enhanced protective factors, especially bonding to family, school and community
- 10 lessons
- Menu of enhancement lessons
- Lessons are interactive versus lecture
- Focus on applying D.A.R.E. decision-making model to real life situations