Community Service

D.A.R.E.

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D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), is a highly acclaimed program that gives kids the skills they need to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs, and violence.

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.

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. "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

  • G.R.E.A.T.

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    Gang Resistance Education And Training (G.R.E.A.T.) is a gang and violence prevention program built around school-based, Midlothian Police officer-instructed classroom curricula. The program is intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership for children in the years immediately before the prime ages for introduction into gangs and delinquent behavior.

    G.R.E.A.T. has developed partnerships with nationally recognized organizations, such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the National Association of Police Athletic Leagues. These partnerships encourage positive relationships among the community, parents, schools, and law enforcement officers.

    G.R.E.A.T. lessons focus on providing life skills to students to help them avoid using delinquent behavior and violence to solve problems. The G.R.E.A.T. Program offers a continuum of components for students and their families.