About the Program
The words resistance and education are the focus of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program. D.A.R.E. teaches students about illegal drugs, cigarettes, and alcohol and ways to resist peer pressure while building and maintaining self-esteem. D.A.R.E. also focuses on parents, teachers, and law enforcement working together to provide education and a safe environment for all students. D.A.R.E. is a three week program for third grade students and a ten week program for fifth grade students.
The unique thing about the D.A.R.E. program is that a uniformed police officer is in the school building while teaching. The students get to see law enforcement in a positive way, and the school gets the added safety of having the officer present. The fifth grade students receive workbooks, actual diplomas, and cool t-shirts if they complete the program.
All D.A.R.E. officers must go through a strict two-week training program to make sure they meet the requirements. Part of this training is an actual classroom teaching with students monitored by the D.A.R.E. Instructor. Officer Jeff Hastings is the Granbury Police Department D.A.R.E. officer.
The Granbury Police Department has been involved with the D.A.R.E. program, along with the Granbury Independent School District, since 1991. Continued support from our community will guarantee that the D.A.R.E. program stays in our schools to support and educate our youth.