To Resist Drugs and Violence

The prevention of substance abuse is a major concern in our community, as it is in elsewhere in the nation. Because drug use is beginning at an earlier age, elementary school children need to be educated in effectively resisting negative peer pressure. To address this problem, the Washington County Sheriff's Office, in cooperation with the school districts in the county, is committed offering the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program to the children in our community.

The D.A.R.E. program is taught by uniformed deputies who are specially trained in classroom presentation and management skills. The lessons are presented to fifth or sixth grade students. The lesson presentations involve lecture, group projects, workbook assignments and role playing activities. The curriculum includes such topics as how to say no to peers, self esteem, assertiveness, resisting violence, consequences and decision making skills.

Each student who successfully completes project D.A.R.E. is awarded a certificate of achievement.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office also conducts parent informational meetings in conjunction with project D.A.R.E. Parents are given the opportunity to learn more about the D.A.R.E. lessons and get to know the D.A.R.E. instructor. Information about illegal drugs is also shared with the parents. Discussions at parent's night meetings range from parenting skill tips to signs and symptoms of drug use.