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Morris Police Department D.A.R.E. Fact Sheet

The Morris Police D.A.R.E. program started in 1989. Morris Police Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program is a cooperative effort between each school district located in the City of Morris and the Morris Police Department. D.A.R.E. is a life skills program that focuses on teaching young people decision-making skills and how to make the right choices. Some of the lessons include:

  • To help students develop a knowledge of basic drug facts and harmful effects
  • To help students understand the many consequences that may result from poor decision making
  • To help students understand the kinds of peer pressure they may face
  • To learn and practice, through role playing, effective ways to respond to pressure to use drugs
  • To help students recognize stress and suggest ways to deal with stress
  • Discuss ways to resolve conflicts without using violence
  • Discuss the decision making process and how to evaluate consequences
  • Discuss how to find activities that are interesting and are alternatives to drug use
  • Role models from Morris Community High School talk about a variety of positive activities in the school

The Morris Police Department has certified D.A.R.E. officers to teach the classes. Current D.A.R.E. officers are Ptlm. Scott Ator, Ptlm. Jessica Smith, and Ptlm. Pat Funk. Each officer is trained in classroom management, teaching methodologies, public speaking and lesson preparation. Over 240 students are taught each year in the 5th grade. The program is 12 weeks in length.

Morris Police D.A.R.E. officers teach at the following schools:

  • White Oak Elementary School
  • Saratoga School
  • Immaculate Conception School

Each student receives reinforcement items such as pencils, pens, erasers, buttons, pencil pouches, bookmarks, and rulers on a weekly basis.


Click here for the official D.A.R.E. website

Click the "D.A.R.E. Kids" logo for some online fun!

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