18 new D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) officers graduated this week from the D.A.R.E. Officer Training at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC).
The program is a two-week course designed using current educational philosophies and principles that enhance the transfer of decision-making and critical thinking skills.
Program graduates received a working knowledge of the elementary, middle school and high school D.A.R.E. curricula. They also received an overview of topics including opioids, over-the-counter and prescription drugs, vaping in middle and high school, and teen mental health lessons created by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
D.A.R.E was founded in 1983 in Los Angeles, California. It’s an education program that teaches students about the impact of drugs and violent behavior.
The KLETC is located in Hutchinson, Kansas. Established by the Kansas Legislature in 1968, KLETC serves as the central law enforcement training facility for the state and as headquarters for all law enforcement training in Kansas.