DARE: Drug Abuse Resistance Education

Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) is a curriculum taught in all four Hancock County school corporations.  At this time, the program is taught at the 5th/6th grade level. A uniformed trained police officer teaches a 10 lesson program that deals with topic such as:  decision-making, peer pressure, bullying, saying no to peers, and the dangers of drugs. The students work through a workbook provided by the local Hancock County D.A.R.E. program. At the completion of the program a graduation is held. In May a picnic is held as a celebration for everyone in the county that has graduated. This picnic generally has about 1,100 students that attend.

 The D.A.R.E. program is an evidence-based program that is constantly updating to stay on top of current trends.  A middle school program and brand new high school curriculum are also available. The Hancock County Sheriff's Department hopes that in the future they will be able to incorporate those programs in the schools as well as the current core program.