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Editorial: DARE support

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

DARE officers are an invaluable resource. However, DARE, a program which stands for Drug and Alcohol Resistance Education, is no longer funded by Missouri tax dollars.

This budget cut has forced some school districts, such as Jackson, to eliminate the program from the curriculum.

Cape Girardeau residents are ensuring that the program continues. The Cape Girardeau DARE program, which serves 11 schools and thousands of students, is now operating on solely on donations.

The DARE program began in 1987 in Los Angeles. The program is traditionally known as a resource to teach children to stay away from drugs and alcohol. However, DARE officers are also dealing with a host of other issues including: gangs, guns, Internet safety and prescription drugs.

Today's youth are inundated with pressures that can lead to destructive lives. Having a local police officer come to the schools is a great opportunity for students to ask questions.

Thank you to the people of Cape Girardeau for funding DARE. The students are better off because of your support. Hopefully other communities will follow Cape Girardeau's lead and privately fund the DARE program for their schools.

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Since the state stopped funding this does that

mean that the trips to Tan-Tar-A have stopped?

A local sheriff told of trips that everyone involved

had to rent cars and seperate rooms so as to be

sure to spend all the money allocated that year

so that funding in the same or greater ammount

would be granted next year. Maybe that is why the

state quit the funding.

-- Posted by Craneoperator513 on Wed, Oct 20, 2010, at 8:53 AM

DARE has historically proven to be an expensive, ineffective, fuzzy feel-good make-work program for public schools."Do the Google" and check it out--apparently the folks that fund it don't know how.

-- Posted by Rocket_Surgeon on Wed, Oct 20, 2010, at 8:59 AM

The DARE curriculum is only partially implemented and is taught by police officers who have little more than a high school education. How can we expect it to work?

-- Posted by southeast on Wed, Oct 20, 2010, at 9:34 AM

Man, if you check wikipedia you find under

the effectiveness heading that this program

does more harm than good. And they recruit

kids as snitches on their parents? This needs

to really be looked into.

-- Posted by Craneoperator513 on Wed, Oct 20, 2010, at 9:49 AM

This also looks like one more way that

people are looking to government to solve

their problems instead of themselves. This

paper should look into this so that it's supporters

don't get ripped off if these things are true.

Here's a novel idea, let's try a little investigative

reporting and get to the bottom of this instead

of selling it no questions asked!

-- Posted by Craneoperator513 on Wed, Oct 20, 2010, at 9:59 AM

You must have DARE confused with SRO (School Resource Officers. DARE officers do not go to Tan Tar A for annualtraining but SROs do. The schools still pay for SROs but not DARE. Although some departments have SROs that are DARE officers too. For the record, police officers are required more than a high school diploma and DARE officers are required additional certification/training on top of the police training. Feel free to go to Missouri Police Chiefs' Assocation headquarters and observe the training for yourself. Research the training before you make an uneducated assumption about what it takes to be a DARE officer.

DARE programs are only as successful as the effort put into them. Communities that feel strongly about their youth and preventing violence and drug abuse support their local DARE programs without hesitation. Cape Girardeau apparently still believes prevention is the key and it starts with education.

-- Posted by wizardofoz on Wed, Oct 20, 2010, at 10:34 AM

I can assure you that in the past DARE

has gone to tan tar a. Now let's talk results.

The US Surgeon General doesn't agree. All

I'm asking for is let's follow the check book

and see where it all goes. Is this not for profit,

is there a board of directors, who runs the show?

-- Posted by Craneoperator513 on Wed, Oct 20, 2010, at 10:59 AM

craneoperator513, are you talking about all of DARE or the area DARE programs? Because I am sure the area programs are ran by the agencies that provide them such as Dexter Police Department, Cape Girardeau Police Department, Sikeston Police Department, etc. Are your issues money or results?

It takes money to run even not-for-profit programs, regardless if its DARE or Boy Scouts. Anytime it involves children, it requires effort on the behalf of the teachers AND parents. Instead of blaming DARE or the officers who teach it, why doesn't someone focus on the family life of the child you say the program is unsuccessful to teach to? Maybe, just maybe, it has nothing to do with DARE or the officer or schools. Maybe the lack of family support, education and involvement are to blame.

-- Posted by wizardofoz on Wed, Oct 20, 2010, at 3:10 PM

There are a number of drug education programs that do have provable positive results is reducing drug usage & drug related problems among young people. However DARE has never been among those.

Unfortunately it appears that the leadership of the Cape school district are to invested in their previous bad decision to go to resources like the National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices ( http://www.nrepp.samhsa.gov ) and discover there is a host of alternatives with vast better outcomes for our cities children.

-- Posted by Nil on Thu, Oct 21, 2010, at 11:01 AM

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