Purpose Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) is a collaborative effort by D.A.R.E. certified law enforcement officers, educators, students, parents, and the community to offer an educational program in the classroom to prevent or reduce drug abuse and violence among children and youth.
The emphasis of D.A.R.E. is to help students recognize and resist the many direct and subtle pressures that influence them to experiment with alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, inhalants, or other drugs or to engage in violence.
The D.A.R.E. Program offers preventive strategies to enhance those protective factors (especially bonding to the family, school, and community), which appear to foster the development of resiliency in young people who may be at risk for substance abuse or other problem behaviors.
Help the Program
The Ocoee D.A.R.E. Program began in 1989 through a donation. To learn how you can help the D.A.R.E. Program in Ocoee email Officer Jason Strange.