The Fairfield Police Department announces that the New D.A.R.E. Program, now called "Too Good" will be again be taught by the Fairfield Police Department starting in October of 2013 into 2014. This new curriculum was introduced in all New Jersey Schools last year and it is already as highly a successful program as the previous program was for the last 20 years in the Fairfield Schools. The new curriculum focuses not only on Drugs, but Violence as well. The Fairfield Police Department resumes teaching this program after a one year hiatus due to budget cuts and personnel losses. We are fortunate that one of our former D.A.R.E. Officers, (Ret.)Lt. Louis Cammarata, who taught the old program for ten years, retired from the Department in 2013 and it was "perfect timing" for him to continue to teach this program for our schools again this year. The Fairfield School Board and new Superintendent, Susan Ciccotelli, were instrumental in keeping Louis Cammarata teaching this program as part of the school curriculum. The Fairfield Municipal Alliance is working in conjunction with the Police Department and the School Administrators to continue to make this new (D.A.R.E.) Too Good Program a huge success.
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Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teaches children from kindergarten through 12th grade how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives.
The D.A.R.E. program is more than just drug prevention education; it teaches students good decision making skills to help them avoid high-risk behavior to ensure they grow up healthy, safe and secure.
The totally new D.A.R.E. curricula integrates the latest in research-based strategies into the world's largest and most effective educational delivery network----D.A.R.E. D.A.R.E. was founded in 1983 in Los Angeles and has proven so successful that it is now being implemented in 75 percent of our nation's school districts and in more than 43 countries around the world.
D.A.R.E. Training is Unique
D.A.R.E. goes beyond traditional drug abuse and violence prevention programs. It gives children the skills needed to recognize and resist the subtle and overt pressures that cause them to experiment with drugs or become involved in gangs or violent activities.
D.A.R.E. is Community Policing
D.A.R.E. is universally viewed as an internationally recognized model of Community Policing. The United States Department of Justice has identified how D.A.R.E. benefits local communities:
- D.A.R.E. "humanizes" the police: that is, young people can begin to relate to officers as people
- D.A.R.E. permits students to see officers in a helping role, not just an enforcement role
- D.A.R.E. opens lines of communication between law enforcement and youth
- D.A.R.E. Officers can serve as conduits to provide information beyond drug-related topics
- D.A.R.E. opens dialogue between the school, police, and parents to deal with other issues
The bottom line--to combine the best research and science with the world's most effective delivery system--D.A.R.E.
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