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State of Maryland
Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services
Communications Office Contact
Mark Vernarelli
410-339-5065 ~ mvernare

D.A.R.E. graduates 19 new trainers

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TOWSON, MD (August 30, 2013) – Maryland's D.A.R.E. program has graduated 32 new instructors, some of whom will take their knowledge about preventing drug abuse back to classrooms far across the country.

D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) has been around for decades, and has been credited with helping millions of American young people avoid the temptations of illegal substances. In Maryland, the program is run out of the Maryland Community Crime Prevention Institute in Sykesville. Claude Nelson, the State D.A.R.E. Coordinator, has trained more instructors and students than perhaps anyone in America. He has received a lifetime achievement award from the late Darryl Gates, the Los Angeles Police Chief who passed away recently.

This graduating class consisted of 19 Maryland law enforcement officers and 13 from out of state, including three Canadians. Other states represented were Washington, Virginia, West Virginia, New York, and Indiana.

Since 1996, D.A.R.E. has taught more than 639,000 Maryland children. Its curriculum is taught in fifteen Maryland Counties and several cities and towns.

For more information on D.A.R.E., contact Claude Nelson at 410 875 3426.