The D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program is an internationally recognized, model program created in 1983 by the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Unified School District.

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Phone: 614-761-9498
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D. A. R. E. to resist drugs and violence

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Deputy Donald Bird, Mercer Co SO
Patrolman John Borcherdt, Wauseon PD
Patrolman Brian Covil, Rittman PD
Deputy Shawn Dyer, Union Co SO
Patrolman Brandon Ericsson, Columbiana PD
Patrolman Jay Estabrook, Milton Twp. PD
Deputy John Gabriel, Van Wert Co SO
Officer Steven Hardy, Marysville PD

Officer David Harrison, Lordstown PD
Deputy Dustin Johnson, Gladwin Co SO (MI)
Patrolman Mark Krzynowek, Brecksville PD
Patrolman Steven Lyden, Newton Falls PD
Patrolman Nicholas McCoy, Middleburg Hts PD
Deputy Andrew Norris, Vanderburgh Co SO (IN)
Officer Christine Platt, Castle Shannon PD (PA)
Patrolman Erica Post, Portland PD (IN)

Officer David Potkonicky, Austintown PD
Corporal Kevin Ragan, Goshen PD
Deputy Anthony Sedgmer, Harrison Co SO
Officer Jo Stahl, Bucyrus PD
Patrolman Keith Swisher, Shelby PD
Officer Dana Taggart, Sharonville PD
Patrolman Patricia Wogerman, Lima PD
Officer Mark Wojciechowski, Westerville PD

Internationally Recognized Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program


D.A.R.E. provides students from kindergarten through high school with the skills necessary to recognize and resist pressures to experiment with drugs and to avoid gangs and violence. Lessons emphasize self-esteem, decision making, interpersonal communications skills, the consequences of drug abuse, conflict resolution and positive alternatives to substance abuse.


In order to be certified to instruct D.A.R.E., a police officer is first interviewed by a panel of police executives, D.A.R.E. Officers and school administrators. If approved, the officer must then complete two weeks (80 hours) of intensive training by Ohio’s accredited Training Center.


The most important facet of D.A.R.E. is the use of specially trained police officers to deliver the curriculum within the schools. Police Officers are accepted as authorities on drug abuse, as they deal with drug abuse and its consequences on a daily basis.