The Dickinson Police Department has implemented the nationally-renowned Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program into the Dickinson Public School District. DARE began in 1983 and is now taught in more than 300,000 classrooms in 50 states and 53 countries around the world. It was adopted at Hagen Jr. High School in October of 2014 as a joint effort of the Dickinson Police Department and the Dickinson Public School District. The highly acclaimed program gives kids the skills they need to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs, and violence. DARE is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teaches children from kindergarten through 12th grade how to resist peer pressure and live productive, drug and violence-free lives.
Two Dickinson PD officers are currently DARE certified and began the first DARE program in October of 2014 with the 7th graders at Hagen JR High. The class of 270 students learned skills they need to avoid drugs, alcohol and violence. The classes included extensive role-playing with officers on practical ways to resist pressure to experiment with alcohol and drugs, and join gangs. The DARE lessons focus on four major area; providing accurate information about alcohol and drugs, teaching students decision making skills, showing them how to resist peer pressure, and giving them ideas for alternatives to drug use and violence.