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D.A.R.E Program

What is D.A.R.E.?

Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons taught from Kindergarten through 12th grade


America Has A Drug Problem.


According to the "Drugs and Alcohol Use Among New Jersey High School Students, 1996" report, 73.8% of tenth, eleventh, and twelth graders have used alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, hallucinogens, barbiturates, or tranquilizers while not under a physician’s care.

This is unquestionably an alarming statistic, especially taking into consideration the nearly three decades of different initiatives in curbing drug trade and use in the United States.

In 1983, the Los Angeles California Police Department, in conjunction with the Los Angeles Unified School District, recognized the need for an educationally based program, which instead of assaulting the drug dealers, would attempt to eliminate their clientele…our youth.

Together, representatives of both organizations, developed a seventeen-week program that would help develop a curriculum that would help children resist peer pressure, build self-esteem, teach them the danger of illegal drugs and mostly how to say "NO!".

In 1993, then Detective Matt Peterson of the Long Beach Township Police Department, under the direction of Chief James Hartmann attended the DARE Officer Training Course, an extensive eighty-hour training course that ranges from educational philosophies to drug recognition. 

 After Sergeant Peterson initiated the program, then Patrolman Kevin Lyons was sent to the training in order to assist Sergeant Peterson. Today, Lieutenant Paul Vereb (Officer Paul) and Patrolman Butch Hartmann and Officer Megan Keller along with Ship Bottom Patrolman Joseph Mury (Officer Joe) and Ptl Ron Holloway, administer the program in the Long Beach Island Grade School, Together, the DARE Program has reached some 400, fifth and sixth graders on Long Beach Island alone.

In order to renew our commitment to the community’s youth under Chief Michael Bradley, the Long Beach Township Police Department, in conjunction with the Southern Regional High School District and Superintendent Craig Henry, will assist Stafford Township Police Department with the DARE High School curriculum, which will provide some of the necessary reinforcement of the core curriculum.