The D.A.R.E. Program was created in 1983 by L.A. Police Chief Daryl Gates. Today the program is present in more than half of the United States school districts in 50 states and 13 foreign countries.
D.A.R.E.'s primary mission is to provide children with the information and skills they need to live drug and violence free lives. It establishes a positive relationship between students and law enforcement, teachers, and parents. The 10 week program teaches students to recognize and resist the many direct and subtle pressures that influence them to experiment with drugs, and instead, allow them to focus on their strengths and potential. The program also focuses on decision making skills to avoid negative consequences.
In Torrington, the program is being taught in all grammar schools. The Torrington Police Department currently has six D.A.R.E. officers. The program coordinator is Sgt. John Maiga. You may contact him at (860) 489-2000 or email at JMaiga@torringtonpd.org.
Feel free to visit the DARE America website as well.