DRUG AWARENESS AND RESISTANCE EDUCATION - D.A.R.E.
1. Briefly describe the structure of your program.
Each year, over 100 schools participate in an intensive 17-week drug, prevention program concentrating on grades 5 and 6, in addition to visitations to children in grades K-4. The Philadelphia Police Department Community Relations Unit has the responsibility to supply officers trained in Project D.A.R.E. core curriculum for classroom sessions and to coordinate the efforts of the officers with their counterparts in both school systems.
2. When was the program created and why?
Beginning in 1987, the City of Philadelphia Police Department, in conjunction with the School District of Philadelphia and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, has participated in the Drug Awareness and Resistance Education Program (D.A.R.E.) in order to reach elementary school age children before the temptation of drugs negatively affects their lives.
3. How do you measure the program's effectiveness?
During the course of D.A.R.E., officers collect pertinent data from their students, and weekly D.A.R.E. activity sheets are maintained as progress indicators. Students also complete a qualitative evaluation of the program.
4. How is the program financed?
The D.A.R.E. Program is financed by the PA Commission on Crime & Delinquency, P.O. Box 1167, Federal Square Station, Harrisburg, PA 17108-1167, Ph: # 7l7-787-2040.
5. How is the community involved in the program, if at all. How has the community responded to the program?
Parents, teachers and school administrators complete a five-point Likert scale evaluation of the D.A.R.E. Program. Results are tabulated by the Project Coordinator who monitors the program with visits to schools and interviews with parents, teachers and administrators who have a first hand view of D.A.R.E. program successes.
6. Contact person:
Lt. Martin Taylor, Philadelphia Police Department, Community Relations Unit
Phone # 215-686-3380, Fax # 215-686-3399
The United States Conference of Mayors
J. Thomas Cochran, Executive Director
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