The ten week D.A.R.E. program not only teaches students that drugs are
harmful, it teaches them effective way to say "No" to drugs and
violence, and how to consider consequences when making decisions about
risky behavior. It also teaches them how to develop self esteem and
builds positive relationships between students and the police.|
Nationally, D.A.R.E. has been scrutinized for its effect on drug use among young people. Locally, our D.A.R.E. program continues to receive strong support from parents, schools, and the community. D.A.R.E. is just a part of an on-going educational cooperative between schools, parents, and law enforcement to help students make good decisions about drugs, violence, and other risky behavior. As long as we continue to work together, D.A.R.E. can be part of the solution to the problems that face our community.
Our D.A.R.E. program is not funded through the department budget, other than the time D.A.R.E. Officers spend teaching the class. Workbooks are donated by the Nebraska D.A.R.E. Office, and local fundraisers pay for graduation tee shirts and other supplies.
In addition to the Core D.A.R.E. program offered at either 5th or 6th grade, depending on the school’s choice, D.A.R.E. Officers present the K-4 D.A.R.E. program to the younger grades. Officers teach the younger students about a wide variety of topics, ranging from 911 use, to stranger danger, pedestrian safety, bike safety, and much more. This also allows students to begin to have positive interaction with police officers from an early age.
The D.A.R.E. program is supported by the community. The contributions and support of the public make it possible for your police department to bring the important message of D.A.R.E. to the youth of our community. For more information, or if you would like to help, contact Officer Norma Rust
The Hastings Police Department often receives reports of citizens receiving phone solicitations raising money for D.A.R.E. While our D.A.R.E. program does rely on public support, and does conduct fund raising, residential phone solicitation has never been used by the Hastings Police Department to raise funds for D.A.R.E. Also, neither the state or national D.A.R.E. offices use phone solicitation, and they prohibit the use of phone solicitation by D.A.R.E. agencies.