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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
Fax: 614-761-9509
Address: 6277 Riverside Dr., Ste. 2N, Dublin, OH 43017-5067

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Training Dates for Class #73:
September 20 – October 1, 2021
Drury Hotel, Columbus OH DIRECTIONS

Application Deadline:
by August 10, 2021

The training registration fee is $1,000 for Ohio applicants and $1,500 for out-of-state applicants and includes instruction and materials for two weeks of training. Also included is:

  • Lunch each day except on Thursday and Friday of the second week. (Cash will be needed on Thursday to purchase lunch at the elementary school )
  • Interaction dinner the first Monday evening
  • The D.A.R.E. Officer Banquet on the second Thursday evening
  • The Graduation Ceremony on the last Friday


Dinner for the remaining seven evenings is “on your own”. Please consider contacting your county about asset forfeiture monies that could be used to help your department pay for this training.

Overnight Lodging: Drury Inn & Suites Columbus Polaris, 8805 Orion Place, Columbus, Ohio 43240. Please make reservations online at or by calling 1-800-325-0720. USE GROUP NUMBER 2426692. The rate is $122 per night plus tax and includes breakfast. Room reservations must be made by no later than Wednesday, August 19, 2021.

The  success of  the  D.A.R.E.  program  is  due to each  individual  D.A.R.E. Officer.     The following list delineates specific areas which should be considered when selecting a D.A.R.E. candidate:

  • Demonstrated ability to interact with and relate to
  • Oral and written communication skills that are adaptable to age-specific
  • Ability to
  • Responsiveness to
  • Ability to develop interpersonal
  • Promptness; good time management
  • Exemplary role model in both formal and informal
  • Refrains from sexual, racial, stereotypical, inappropriate and insensitive
  • Flexible and able to handle the
  • Committed to careful replication of the D.A.R.E.

There are seven application requirements:

  1. “D.A.R.E. Officer Training Application including D.A.R.E Officer Requirement Checklist

A D.A.R.E. Officer candidate must be a full-time, uniformed law enforcement officer with at least two years of experience, meeting the minimum training standard for peace officer status in their state of residence. The three-page application must be completed and signed by both the candidate and agency head.

  1. A.R.E. Officer Information Questionnaire”
  2. Local Interview Report” with signatures (for Ohio Applicants)

Ohio D.A.R.E. Officer candidates are required to participate in an oral screening process which involves an interview with a local screening team. Each agency requesting training is required to form a screening team composed of 4-6 persons including a police administrator, an educator, a school administrator, a parent, and a certified D.A.R.E. officer (if available). Any member may  serve under more than one category. Communities are encouraged to select screening team members who have experience with the D.A.R.E. program. The signatures of all screening team members must be included on the report. A listing of commonly asked D.A.R.E. interview questions is available upon request.

  1. School District & Law Enforcement Agency Participation Agreement

The D.A.R.E. Officer candidate’s police agency is required to complete a participation agreement with each participating school district in which the officer will teach D.A.R.E. Both the law enforcement agency head and the school superintendent must sign the agreement.

  1. “Letter of Endorsement”

Personal support letter written by the candidate’s Chief or Sheriff.

  1. OPOTC (or other state) certificate

Copy of the candidate’s Ohio Peace Officer Training (or other state) certificate.

  1. DARE America IntraState Agreement (if out of state)

All sections of the application must be received in order to consider the application complete. For acceptance into the next DOT class, complete applications are logged according to date received.

Please return the application requirements to:
D.A.R.E. Ohio- Attn: Monica Miller
6277 Riverside Drive
Dublin, OH 43017

614-761-9498 (Phone) 614-761-9509 (Fax)

Upon acceptance into the D.A.R.E. Officer Training program (DOT), the Chief/Sheriff and the prospective D.A.R.E. Officer will be notified by email of the date, time, place, etc. of training. Attendance at all training classroom sessions and additional evening study time is required. The officer will spend the entire two weeks at the training facility (except for the weekend in between) as the training is quite intense and evening hours are required by all students.

The prospective D.A.R.E. Officer must successfully complete the 80-hour training (plus additional evening study time) to be eligible to teach the D.A.R.E. program. Please be careful of public announcements until after the Officer has graduated from the training.

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