State DARE Coordinator
Youth Advisory Board
Keepin it R.E.A.L. Pre
and Post Test
SC DARE Policy and
Data Reporting Forms
Carolina D.A.R.E. Training Center
Watch USC women's basketball coach Dawn Staley lose
it wearing DUI goggles at DAREScream
State funding for DARE was discontinued in 2003, the SC Criminal Justice
Academy no longer had the ability to teach and certify officers in the
Starved of its funding, the program seemed destined to end.
County Sheriff Leon Lott, however, refused to let the program die in South
Carolina and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department became the state
training center for DARE.
DARE Training Center acts as the liaison between the State DARE Officers
and D.A.R.E. America. The job of the training center is to disseminate
national updates, concerns, and to recommend qualified D.A.R.E. Officers
to be trained as Mentors. The
Training Center also maintains officer certification records and
agencies' statistical records to assure correct data collection.
It is also the mission of the Training Center to train law
enforcement officers in the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.)
Curriculum while adhering to the guidelines and upholding the integrity
standards set by D.A.R.E. America.
The Training Center reports all of its data to the Executive
Director, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott.
The two week DARE Officer Training (D.O.T.) will be delivered as
often as needed based on statewide demand.
What the DARE Training Center does:
- Develop raw talent into
effective instructors of the D.A.R.E. Curriculum.
- Familiarize officers with
teaching techniques, classroom management skills and public speaking
- Instill the importance of being prepared in order to be an effective instructor and enjoy
being a certified DARE
Instructor/School Resource Officer.
- Develop belief in oneself
and ability to impart knowledge to students,
enabling them to “Take
Charge” of their life by making wise decisions about drug use
and avoiding violence. Knowledge
- Hold in-service training
for the state DARE Officers on any supplemental lesson plans or
restructuring of the current D.A.R.E. Program.
- Critique trained D.A.R.E.
officers in their schools to maintain the quality of the D.A.R.E.
curriculum and give corrective criticism when needed to maintain the
integrity of D.A.R.E.
- Promote the D.A.R.E.
program to all law enforcement agencies, educators, and government
agencies by sharing the scientific base delivery strategy for
students. This strategy allows the student to “Take
Charge” of him/herself. Having
knowledge of consequences that stems from their decisions making
skills is strong. Also
understanding how it will impact them, their families, their friends
and future endeavors will make a lasting impression.
doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world.
Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
Deputy Terry Snead with
Calhoun County is an awesome SRO, DARE Instructor, wonderful person and a
"The Super-est Hero, Deputy Snead of Sandy Run K-8
Honaker came to us in 2012 for DARE Officer Training. Due to not having a
state coordinator we adopted him into our care approved by DARE America.
2013 DARE Graduation Greenbrier WV:
Rupert Elementary School
2014 DARE Graduation:
Rainelle Elementary School
Rainell Elementary Essay Winner Adam Ayers
Elementary located in Irmo S.C. put a twist on their essay writing
Students showing what
they learned in D.A.R.E. class with Deputy Rabon at Burnside Elementary in
Columbia S.C. (video)
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Fairfield County Sheriff's Office D.A.R.E. Launches
Sheriff Lott funding DARE programs for SC
Kid's Law (pdf)
publication for young people that provides an
overview of several areas of law that affects young people in SC
Letter to Chiefs and Sheriffs from Sheriff Lott
DARE Parent Alert:
Carolina DARE Association
Association of School Resource Officers
DARE Agency Links
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