Marshall County

(Drug Abuse Resistance Education)

D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is offered to 5th grade students throughout Marshall County. D.A.R.E. gives kids the skills they need to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs and violence. Classroom instruction by Sheriff's Deputies teaches students D.A.R.E. goes beyond traditional drug abuse and violence prevention programs. It gives children the skills needed to recognize and resist the subtle and overt pressures that cause them to experiment with drugs or become involved in gangs or violence activities. D.A.R.E. gives students the tools to make choices toward living productive drug and violence-free lives. Students focus on being good citizens.

The D.A.R.E. curriculum is designed to be taught by police officers whose training and experience give them the background needed to answer the sophisticated question often posed by young students about drugs and crime. Prior to entering the D.A.R.E. program, officers undergo eighty (80) hours of special training in areas such as child development, classroom management, teaching techniques, and communication skills. Forty (40) hours of additional training is provided to D.A.R.E. instructors to prepare them to teach the high school curriculum.

D.A.R.E. is universally viewed as an internationally recognized model of community policing. The United States Department of Justice has identified how D.A.R.E. benefits local communities.

  • D.A.R.E. "humanizes" the police: that is, young people can begin to relate to officers as people.
  • D.A.R.E. permits students to see officers in a helping role, not just an enforcement role.
  • D.A.R.E. opens lines of communication between law enforcement and youth.
  • D.A.R.E. Officers can serve as conduits to provide information beyond drug-related topics.
  • D.A.R.E. opens dialogue between the school, police and parents to deal with other issues.
This webpage was printed on July 13, 2024. For the most current information, visit the Marshall County, Iowa, Sheriff website at
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