Shelby Twp. Police Dept., in cooperation with the Utica Community School District, has provided the Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program to 11 elementary schools in the Utica/Shelby area continuously since 1993.  An officer from the Shelby Twp. Police Dept. who is specially trained to facilitate the D.A.R.E. curriculum works with 6th grade students in the classroom once a week for 8 weeks during the school year.

The current curriculum, known by some as "The New D.A.R.E." uses Socio-Emotional Learning Theory to teach youth about controlling impulses and thinking about risks and consequences, resulting in more responsible choices.  D.A.R.E. believes that if you can teach youth to make safe and responsible decisions, it will guide them to healthy choices not only about drugs but across all parts of their lives.  As children grow to be responsible citizens they will lead healthier and more productive lives, free from drugs and violence.

For more information about the D.A.R.E. program visit www.dare.org