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The Pleasanton Police Department in collaboration with the Pleasanton Unified School District is proud to offer the D.A.R.E. Program (Drug Abuse Resistance and Education) to the students in our schools. The Police Department and the School District developed the D.A.R.E. Program in the Fall of 1988 with the first classes being held in the Spring of 1989 making the 2008-2009 school year our 20th Anniversary of DARE.  Our first two D.A.R.E. Officers were Suzanne Soberanes, who retired as a Sergeant in the Spring of 2008, and Officer Ted Young just completed his second stint as a D.A.R.E. Officer from 2004-08 which coincided with the 20th year of the program.

Our current D.A.R.E. Officers are Officer Dave Batoy and Rich Trovao who teach the 10 week D.A.R.E. program to every fifth grade class in the School District and the five session eighth grade program at all three middle schools.

Traditionally drug abuse programs dwell on the harmful effects of drugs.  The program's emphasis is to help students recognize and resist the many subtle pressures that influence them to experiment with alcohol and drugs.  The program's strategies also focus on consequences, peer pressure, assertiveness, self-esteem, violence, the media, stress/stressors, decision-making, youth gangs, and 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 that is a one night get together with the D.A.R.E. Officer at each of the school at the beginning of each class. 

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 and 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.


D.A.R.E. Officers


Officer Dave Batoy

(925) 931-5147

Donlon Elementary
Fairlands Elementary

Hearst Elementary
Mohr Elementary
Walnut Grove Elementary

Officer Rich Trovao

(925) 931-5146

Alisal Elementary
Hearst Elementary
Lydiksen Elementary
Valley View Elementary
Vintage Hills Elementary

Please visit the
D.A.R.E. America website for more information.



  1. What does D.A.R.E. stand for and does the Pleasanton Police Department have a D.A.R.E. program?
    "D.A.R.E." stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education and the Pleasanton Police Department has a very active D.A.R.E. program. The program targets elementary and middle school age children and educates them as to the dangers of illegal drugs, how to say no to drugs, builds up their self-esteem, and educates them on how to deal with peer pressure.

  2. When and where are children first exposed to the D.A.R.E program?
    D.A.R.E. officers spend time on each Elementary school campus for a ten week period while they are teaching their fifth grade classes.  They also interact with younger students during recess and lunch on the playground.  D.A.R.E. Officers also help coordinate Red Ribbon Week activities at each campus providing additional time for them to interact with students in all grades.   
  3. Where can I find additional information about D.A.R.E.?
    Additional information about our D.A.R.E. program can be found by visiting the D.A.R.E. America web site.


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