Drug Abuse Resistance Education
The Dubuque Police Department's D.A.R.E. program was implemented in 1989 as part of the Department's focus on crime prevention and better serving the city through Community Oriented Policing. Dubuque's D.A.R.E. Unit currently has one full-time coordinator/instructor and four School Resource Officers who are certified to teach the D.A.R.E. curriculum. All of them are dedicated to providing substance abuse, gang, and violence prevention programming to students in the Dubuque area schools.
The D.A.R.E. coordinator works closely with the School Resource Officers in providing school based prevention and education as well as crisis intervention, conflict resolution, and enforcement activities. The Dubuque Police Department's D.A.R.E. program is offered primarily to 6th grade students, though the Officers also provide education, intervention, and prevention services to meet a wide variety of community needs.
Community Prevention Education
The Dubuque Police Department D.A.R.E. Officers also provide area colleges, businesses, and other community organizations with specific prevention education presentations to keep community members informed on area substance abuse concerns, pro-active parenting strategies, and other topics as requested.
Hidden in Plain Sight Room
The Hidden in Plain Sight Room is a concept that is used by drug prevention programs to bring awareness to parents, educators, and caregivers of the trends in drug culture. Our "room" consists of two walls and furniture that resembles a typical bedroom. D.A.R.E. instructors then place various drug related items around the room. These items consist of paraphernalia used to ingest drugs; containers used to conceal drugs, products used to manufacture drugs, and clothing and posters used to promulgate the acceptance of drug culture and use. Often drug use is hidden by using items that mimic products and containers that would typically not draw attention, using a pop bottle or a snack container with a hidden compartment for example. The Hidden in Plain Sight Room helps to bring some of those tactics to light and provides attendees with an overview of various drug and alcohol related products that are available on the market.
If you are interested in the Hidden in Plain Sight Room presentation, please contact the D.A.R.E. Coordinator.