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MD Community Crime Prevention Institute D.A.R.E. Program Graduates New Instructors

For a quarter-century now, Drug Abuse Resistance Education---better known as D.A.R.E.--- has been going strong in classrooms throughout Maryland and the nation. Started in Los Angeles, the program arrived here in Maryland in 1986.

Maryland’s D.A.R.E runs out of the Maryland Community Crime Prevention Institute in Sykesville, at the Public Safety Education and Training Center. Law enforcement officers from all over the nation come to Sykesville for an intense two-week training.

The most recent graduation, held in September, saw 24 police officers, sheriff’s deputies, and military personnel walk across the stage as certified D.A.R.E. instructors. Officers hailed from MD, VA, WV, TX, MI, WI, PA, NC, CT, the U.S. Army Military Police, Dept. of Defense from Aberdeen Proving Ground, and Md. Army National Guard. They’ll now go back to their respective states and agencies with a critical mission: to keep young people from making destructive choices.

Claude Nelson, the statewide director for the Maryland D.A.R.E. program, has trained more than 1,000 law enforcement officers, and taught the D.A.R.E. curriculum to more than twelve thousand children. He was recently honored with the D.A.R.E. lifetime achievement award.

Today, D.A.R.E.’s mission remains as vital as it was in 1986, and every year, thousands more kids in many different grade levels learn what has become one of the nation’s longest-running prevention programs.


D.A.R.E. Fast Facts

The Numbers (National statistics)

  • Millions of children will benefit this year from the D.A.R.E. program
  • 220 new communities started D.A.R.E. in last three years
  • 75% of USA school districts and 43 countries teach D.A.R.E.
  • 10,000+ communities using D.A.R.E.
  • 75,000+ D.A.R.E. officers trained/certified throughout USA
  • $12 per child from K through 12 for all educational materials
    (as a non-profit D.A.R.E. is the most affordable program available)

The Program

  • Curriculum developed by educators, taught by trained officers
  • Focuses on responsibility, resisting peer pressure
  • Implementation is community decision
  • Elementary, middle, high school, after-school, parental components
  • Training mandatory for instructors before they enter the classroom
  • New science-based curricula from top researchers

The Science

  • D.A.R.E. has a Scientific Advisory Board led by Dr. Herb Kleber, Columbia University
  • NIDA issued Research Based Guide identifying standards for prevention programs, publication proposed checklist of research-based prevention principles—D.A.R.E. was only program to satisfy all eight categories .
  • Study recently published in the Journal of the National Medical Association demonstrates that the D.A.R.E. curriculum is highly effective in prevention of smoking. Students that completed the D.A.R.E. program were five times less likely to start smoking compared to youngsters who did not participate in D.A.R.E.


    To learn more about MD D.A.R.E. or other programs of the Maryland Community Crime Prevention Institute click here.