5623 Two Notch Road 
Columbia, South Carolina 29223 
(803) 309-1619  

Deputy Tom Reupke
State DARE Coordinator


Janet Hudson
S.C. Educator

Brianna Binder
Youth Advisory Board Member


South Carolina D.A.R.E. Training Center

After 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 DARE program.  Starved of its funding, the program seemed destined to end.

Richland 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.   

The 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:  

  1. Develop raw talent into effective instructors of the D.A.R.E. Curriculum.
  2. Familiarize officers with teaching techniques, classroom management skills and public speaking skills.
  3. Instill the importance of being prepared in order to be an effective instructor and enjoy being a certified DARE Instructor/School Resource Officer.
  4. 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 is POWER!
  5. Hold in-service training for the state DARE Officers on any supplemental lesson plans or restructuring of the current D.A.R.E. Program.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

“Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world.  Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

                                 -Margaret Mead


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