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Officer Jeff Stone has been with the police department since 1996, and the department's D.A.R.E. Officer since 1998. He is a community oriented officer, who specializes in juvenile relations.

D.A.R.E. is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teach children from kindergarten through 12th grade how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug-and violence-free lives. The program, which was developed jointly by the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Unified School District, initially focused on elementary school children. It has now been expanded to include middle school and high school programs.

Part of the reason D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) works so well is because it is a collaborative effort between your police department, your school, parents, and community leaders. D.A.R.E. works because it surrounds children with encouragement and support from all sides.

D.A.R.E. teaches kids how to recognize and resist the direct and subtle pressures that influence them to experiment with alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and other drugs. Between 70% and 90% of all crimes are drug or alcohol related or both, which makes it absolutely vital that we reach the children of America before it is too late.

The D.A.R.E. program is usually introduced to children in the 5th or 6th grade. A specially trained officer comes into your school one day a week, for seventeen weeks and teaches the children. And to make it easy on teachers, the D.A.R.E. curriculum is easily integrated into other lessons. Student participation in the D.A.R.E. program may be incorporated as an integral part of the school's curriculum in health, science, social studies, language arts, or other subjects.

This year 36 million school children around the world--26 million in the U.S.-- will benefit from the D.A.R.E. program which is now implemented in 80% of our nation's school districts, and in 56 countries around the world.



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