The Pleasanton Police Department in collaboration with the Pleasanton Unified School District is proud to offer the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance and Education) Program to fifth and eighth grade students in Pleasanton. The D.A.R.E. Program was introduced in 1988 with the first classes being held in 1989. Traditionally drug abuse programs dwell on the harmful effects of drugs. This program's emphasis is to help students recognize and resist the subtle pressures that influence them to experiment with alcohol and drugs. D.A.R.E. Program's strategies focus on:
- Peer Pressure
- The Media
- Decision Making
- Youth Gangs
- Positive alternatives to drug abuse behavior and situations of potential violence
Since parents are an important part of this program, D.A.R.E. also offers a parent program. This parent program is a presentation style get-together with the D.A.R.E. Officers at each school.
D.A.R.E. Officers attend a comprehensive two-week training program that includes:
- Elements of teaching
- Public speaking
- Classroom management
- Drug and drug influence recognition
- Phases of addiction
- Learning objectives specific to each of the lessons
In addition to their classroom duties, D.A.R.E. Officers spend time with students at recess and lunch, attend school field trips, facilitate Red Ribbon Week activities, participate in various community events, and speak at youth functions.
Our current D.A.R.E. Officers are Officer Keith Batt and Officer Ken McNeill who teach a 10 week D.A.R.E. Program to every fifth grade class in the School District and a five-session eighth grade program at all three middle schools. Each Officer is assigned half of the elementary schools in Pleasanton, and the Officers teach the eighth grade classes together.
Officer Batt teaches at the following schools:
Officer McNeill teaches at the following schools: