Hartford DARE Program


Hartford Police Department's new DARE officer said the anti-drug program is making a difference but he said much more needs to be done.

Officer Ramon Bruner addressed the Hartford City Council with his concerns.

Bruner teaches the DARE curriculum to sixth-graders at Geneva County Elementary and Middle School.

The program promotes a drug-free lifestyle and tells young people about some of the hard choices they'll be facing.

Bruner said he's shocked to learn that some children have already tried drugs like cocaine and crystal meth. He would like to see the DARE curriculum expanded to all grade levels.

Bruner is planning to talk about the strength of the DARE program to the Hartford City Council and the Geneva County Commission at their upcoming meetings.

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What is D.A.R.E.?

  • The D.A.R.E. program has three main goals:
    • 1) D.A.R.E. seeks to provide students with a knowledge base on the effects of drug abuse that go beyond the physical ramifications and extend to emotional, social, and economic aspects of life.

    • 2) D.A.R.E. aims to build decision-making and problem solving skills and strategies to help students make informed decisions and resist drug use, peer pressure, and violence.

    • 3) An integral part of the D.A.R.E. program is to provide students with alternatives to drug use.

  • D.A.R.E. is a universal program designed to reach the general population, rather than "at risk" groups.

  • It is most often implemented in the fifth and sixth grades.

  • The curriculum focuses on knowledge and skill development in seven areas:
    • 1) cognitive information
    • 2) recognizing pressures
    • 3) refusal skills
    • 4) consequential thinking and risk taking
    • 5) interpersonal and communication skills
    • 6) decision making
    • 7) positive alternatives

  • D.A.R.E. is instinctive in its approach in that specially trained, uniformed police officers conduct the lessons in the classroom.

  • While officers actually conduct the D.A.R.E. lessons, a licensed teacher is required to be present in the classroom. That teacher is expected to reinforce the D.A.R.E. material by integrating its objectives into the general curriculum for the particular grade level.

  • The lessons provide factual information about drugs, with an emphasis on gateway drugs (marijuana, alcohol, and tobacco), and teach refusal skills through role-playing and other techniques.

    For more information visit our source:Overview of the D.A.R.E. Program