The Bernardsville Police Department Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program (D.A.R.E.) is a substance abuse prevention education program designed to equip fifth, sixth and seventh grade students with the skills for resisting peer pressure to experiment with tobacco, drugs, alcohol and criminal activity. D.A.R.E. was developed in 1983 by the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Unified School District. It uses uniformed officers to teach a formal curriculum to students in a classroom setting. The D.A.R.E. program is a joint effort by the Bernardsville Police Department, schools that are located within Bernardsville Borough and parents, all three working together to help children make positive choices concerning drug and alcohol use. The D.A.R.E. program focuses on the precept that many school children are presented with overwhelming negative peer pressure associated with drug and alcohol abuse. D.A.R.E. aims to provide children with an arsenal of ways to say “NO” to drug use. The D.A.R.E. program is only taught by specially trained officers certified to teach D.A.R.E. D.A.R.E. officers do not use scare tactics, force or intimidation tactics in teaching D.A.R.E. Instead they work with children to raise their self-esteem, to teach them how to make positive decisions on their own and to help them identify healthy alternatives to drugs.
Bernardsville Police Department DARE Officer:
Ptl. Timothy Richard