At some point, most of us have heard or read a story about a young, energetic, and bright person who seems to be on the right path to becoming a prominent or highly prosperous person in society, only to hear how this person's dreams, goals, and aspirations were squashed because of drug abuse or violence. The Pierre Police Department strives to prevent this from happening to the youth of our community through it’s efforts such as the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Program.
History of the Program
The D.A.R.E. Program was founded in Los Angeles, California in 1983, and is taught to all 5th grade students in the Pierre Public Schools, along with St. Joseph’s School and the Pierre Indian Learning Center. The program offers preventative strategies to 5th grade students which help them in the development of social competence, communications skills, self-esteem, empathy, decision making, conflict resolution, and positive healthy choices throughout life.
Since it’s inception in 1983, D.A.R.E. has been implemented in approximately 75% of our nation’s school districts.
Training & Preparation
Prior to entering a classroom and teaching the D.A.R.E. Program, officers undergo 80 hours of special training in areas such as child development, classroom management, teaching techniques, and communication skills.
There are approximately 2,500 students in the Pierre Public Schools. The D.A.R.E. Program is taught by two School Resource Officers. Officer Richard Bauman is assigned to Riggs, Buchanan, and McKinley Schools. Officer Kaitlin Holter is assigned to Georgia Morse, Jefferson, and Washington Schools.