Florida D.A.R.E. Training Program Certifies 17 New Officers
The D.A.R.E. Mission: “Teaching students good decision-making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives”.
The Florida D.A.R.E. Training Program held the first D.A.R.E. officer training of the year. It was again held at the FDLE Fort Myers Operation Center January 5-16, 2015. A total of nineteen police officers and deputy sheriffs from Florida, Georgia, Indiana, California and Illinois became certified and or recertified to teach the D.A.R.E. curriculum in their respective jurisdictions. Certification students attended 80 hours of intensive training where they learned not only the D.A.R.E. elementary and middle school curriculum but also skills practicing effective communication with differing personalities, learning styles and abilities, along with problem solving. Each officer’s proficiency in training is tested by their ability to teach an assigned 45-minute lesson to their peers with a mentor providing their final grade. The last day before graduation the students went to local schools interacting and delivering lessons. Recertification students attended 40 hours. The photo also includes the Training Staff.