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Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E)


The highly acclaimed program gives children the skills they need to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs, or violence. D.A.R.E. was founded in 1983 in Los Angeles and has proven so successful that it is now being implemented in nearly 75 percent of our nation's school districts and in 44 countries around the world.

D.A.R.E. is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teach children in 6th grade, prior to going to Jr. High School, how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives. Officers have been teaching D.A.R.E. in Quincy since 1987. In fact, the Quincy Police Department was one of the original law enforcement agencies involved in the D.A.R.E pilot project in Illinois. Our DA.R.E. program is highly respected and supported by the community.

The Quincy Police Department currently has two sworn officers certified to teach D.A.R.E: Officer Kelly Vandermaiden and Officer Luke Humke.

                                                           Kelly Vandermaiden                            Luke Humke

The program is designed to avoid scare tactics. Positive and substantive, it relies on accurate information and an upbeat approach. D.A.R.E. officers visit with students in the classroom; conduct faculty workshops and present programs to teacher/parent organizations. This approach provides a constructive and highly visible presence to the students involved in D.A.R.E. and to the community. The implementation of the D.A.R.E. program has led to the educated students facing an uncertain world armed with the knowledge that drug abuse is a destructive cycle. The undeniable success this program has already generated insures its place in our society. Until drug abuse is a thing of the past, D.A.R.E. will continue to be in the forefront of preventative measures. 

The focus of D.A.R.E. is to:

1. Provide accurate information about drugs and alcohol 
2. Teach students the necessary decision-making skills 
3. Show students how to resist negative peer pressure 
4. Suggest healthy alternatives to drug use 
5. Build confidence and self esteem