Keeping Our Youth Safe
As part of our youth and anti drug program, the Police Department is a member of the nationwide Drug Abuse Resistance Education program. Known as D.A.R.E., this program integrates police officers and school teachers in the delivery of educational material dealing with unlawful drugs, violence, youth gangs, and other social issues.
The Police Department first started the program in the Bowie Elementary School in 1991. We have also conducted a special D.A.R.E. program at Bowie Intermediate School. The core program is taught to all 5th graders by one of our D.A.R.E. certified uniformed police officers. Our program sessions are primarily taught by S.R.O. Bob Blackburn.
About the Course
The course itself follows a 10-week schedule and provides children with the knowledge and understanding they need to help them recognize and resist the many subtle pressures that may influence them to experiment with drugs, gangs, and violence. The program also focuses on feelings relating to self-esteem, interpersonal and communication skills, decision making, and positive alternatives to drug abuse behavior. The 10 lessons covered by D.A.R.E. are:
- Purposes and Overview of the D.A.R.E. program
- Tobacco and You
- Smoke Screen (Marijuana)
- Alcohol and You
- The Real Truth
- Friendship Foundations
- Putting it Together
- Personal Action
- Practice! Practice! Practice!
- D.A.R.E. Culmination
If you would like more information about the department's D.A.R.E. program, please contact S.R.O. Bob Blackburn at (940) 872-2251.
You may also want to visit the D.A.R.E. America website for information about the program at the national level. This site also has research reports about the effectiveness of the D.A.R.E. program that you may find interesting.