D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a program taught by a specially trained and licensed police officer and directed at students in the 5th Grade.
The DARE program focuses on anti-social behaviors such as drugs, gangs, and violence and provides avoidance alternatives and real-life solutions. The program accomplishes these goals by teaching skills that help students make the correct decisions when faced with these challenges.
The Columbia Heights Police Department assigns two school resource officers to be certified instructors of the D.A.R.E. program. The Columbia Heights Police Department has been teaching D.A.R.E. since it was first introduced to Minnesota schools. The D.A.R.E. Program, among other initiatives, is one of the many effective ways the Columbia Heights Police Department supports youth outreach.
The D.A.R.E. program is intended to be adaptable and interactive. Using a licensed police officer to teach the course is an integral part of the program. Having an officer engaging with students diminishes the fear of police and alleviates barriers in those relations. The D.A.R.E. program improves youth and police relations. Officers that teach the D.A.R.E. program build relationships with youth that last for years.
There are three elementary schools in the Columbia Heights School District which participate in the program. Each year more than 200 5th Grade students graduate from the D.A.R.E. program that is taught at all three listed elementary schools located in the Columbia Heights School District:
North Park Elementary
Valley View Elementary
To learn more about D.A.R.E. contact the Columbia Heights Police Department at (763) 706-8100.