D.A.R.E. Indiana’s mission is to provide training to law enforcement officers in order that they may provide children with the information and skills needed to live drug- and violence-free lives.

What is D.A.R.E.?

D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) fosters solid community relations as parents, schools and police departments work together to help the children of our communities resist drugs and violence; the life skills taught in the D.A.R.E. curriculum not only aid our children in resisting drugs and violence, but also in other areas of life as well.

D.A.R.E. provides an important foundation to build strong prevention efforts, and is the largest and most consistent drug education delivery system in the world.

Most studies indicate that the one key positive element that separates D.A.R.E. from other programs is the high quality teaching and delivery of D.A.R.E. by uniformed officers who are now being trained to be facilitators under the new curriculum.

Findings of a study published by the prestigious Journal of the National Medical Association demonstrate that the D.A.R.E. curriculum is highly effective in prevention of smoking among elementary school-aged children. Specifically, the study found that students that completed the D.A.R.E. program were five  times less likely to start smoking compared to youngsters who did not participate in D.A.R.E.