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News Release

Media / For More Information Contact:
Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780

KSP D.A.R.E. Program Re-Accredited By National Group

Date of News Release: 08/30/2011

DARE Logo(Frankfort, Ky.) -- D.A.R.E. America (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) has re-accredited the Kentucky State Police as the official D.A.R.E. Training Center for the anti-drug and violence program in Kentucky. The program is a police-officer-led series of classroom lessons that teach children from kindergarten through 12th grade how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives.

"The Kentucky State Police is to be commended for the dedication it has shown in shouldering the responsibility of managing and maintaining the Kentucky State D.A.R.E. Officer Training," wrote Scott Gilliam, director of training for D.A.R.E America, after a recent evaluation.

Charlie Parsons, president and CEO of the organization, praised KSP's "daily commitment" to the faithful replication of the D.A.R.E. training model and the concern for the officers they teach. "The children we all serve are the ultimate beneficiaries of their effort," he added.

Last year, 13,427 fifth and sixth grade students and 3,000 seventh and eighth grade students in Kentucky participated in D.A.R.E. programs. Four thousand kindergarten through fourth grade students received at least one 20-minute lesson.

KSP has trained approximately 1,400 law enforcement officers from Kentucky and 26 other states as D.A.R.E. instructors since the late 1980s. Currently, there are 80 officers in the state certified to teach the program to elementary and middle school students in 36 county school systems.

D.A.R.E. officer training consists of 80 hours of instruction during a two -week period. Topics of study include classroom management and presentation skills; elementary and middle school learning theory; alcohol, tobacco, drug, violence and bullying resistance information and school visitations for hands-on teaching experience.

"D.A.R.E. goes beyond traditional drug abuse and violence prevention programs," notes Bruce Olin, state D.A.R.E. coordinator and a retired state trooper. "It gives children the skills needed to recognize and resist the subtle and overt pressures that cause them to experiment with drugs or become involved in gangs or violent activities."

According to the U.S. Dept. of Justice, the program benefits local communities by:

For more information on how to start a D.A.R.E. program in your school, contact: Bruce Olin at 502-782-1780.

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Kentucky State Police
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