D.A.R.E. Program

The Coon Rapids Police Department has participated in the D.A.R.E. program since 1988, a curriculum designed to promote self-respect, self worth and give young people the ability to say no to drugs and alcohol. D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. Officers teach the program at all 8 elementary schools.

More about the Curriculum

Through the D.A.R.E. program, officers help students:

  • Learn accurate information about drugs and violence
  • Have an understanding of the effects of drug abuse that go beyond the physical ramifications and extend to emotional, social, and economic aspects of life
  • Understand responsibility, decision-making and problem solving skills and strategies to help students make informed decisions that will help them resist drug use, peer pressure and violence
  • Learn skills to resist peer pressure
  • Understand how to choose good friends, help others, resist bullying, build self-esteem and develop confident communication skills
  • Learn drug avoidance techniques

Visit the D.A.R.E. website for more information on the program.