February 14, 2016

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A Big D.A.R.E. America “Thank You” to D.AR.E. Instructor, Major Steve Gilbert, as he retires after 30 years of service!

Steve Gilbert

Bedford D.A.R.E. Officer Retires (BEDFORD) - Bedford Police Major Steve Gilbert has retired after serving more than 30 years with the Bedford Police Department. Maj. Gilbert's last day was Wednesday. "Steve was dedicated to serving the citizens of Bedford, especially the kids," says Chief…

Santa Maria Police Department Graduates over 700 in its D.A.R.E. Program

St. Mary of the Assumption School D.A.R.E. Graduation

RETRO BILL was the Keynote Speaker at the Santa Maria Police Department's Annual D.A.R.E. Graduation hosted by D.A.R.E. Officer Al Torres. Over 700 6th Grade Santa-Maria Bonita School District students graduated from the D.A.R.E. Program at the end of the fall 2015 semester. Over 900 additional…

Happy 20th Birthday to the Timmins Police D.A.R.E. Program

Timmins DARE

The Timmins Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program celebrated its 20th birthday on Saturday to great fanfare. The program mascot Daren the Lion had a birthday party at the Timmins Public Library to mark the occasion and 40 children from the city attended the event complete with story time,…

Oxford Resident Trooper Rescues Four-Legged Victim

Vicki Donohoe

OXFORD, CT (January 27, 2016) - On Friday, January 22, 2016 at approximately 2:36 p.m., Trooper Donohoe #1073 was dispatched to 288 Governors Hill Road in the town of Oxford for an anonymous phone call regarding a German shepherd dog being neglected. Upon arriving on scene Trooper Donohoe spoke…

Special Thanks to Germantown Police Department for Saving their D.A.R.E Program

Germantown WI Police

Germantown PD takes control of D.A.R.E. program at two schools. Local parents, kids and the community step up to keep their local D.A.R.E. program. This video was originally published on Yahoo!…

A Day in the Life snapshot: NCDOA Board member and Mentor Lora Gilreath from Nags Head Police Department.

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A fun look at a day in the life of Lora Gilreath School Resource Officer, Nags Head Elementary School. (Click the image to enlarge) or go to the original…

RETRO BILL was Keynote Speaker at the Pecos, Texas D.A.R.E. Graduation

RETRO BILL in Pecos, Texas

The International D.A.R.E. Safety & Self-Esteem Buddy RETRO BILL was in west  Texas (and Home of the World's First Rodeo) recently, where he received a standing ovation as the Keynote Speaker for the Pecos, Texas Police Department and Pecos - Barstow - Torah Independent School District's…

Chief Leonard Named NCDOA Executive of the Year

NCDOA Executive of the Year

WAKE FOREST, NC – Wake Forest Police Chief Jeff Leonard has been named the 2016 North Carolina D.A.R.E. Officers’ Association Glen Mowery Executive of the Year. The honor is a tribute to Mowrey, a retired Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer who started the D.A.R.E. program in Charlotte. The…

Congratulations to New D.A.R.E. Deputy Kirby Dawson and the Shreveport City Marshal’s Office

D.A.R.E. Deputy Kirby Dawson and the Shreveport City Marshals Office

Shreveport City Marshals office graduated its first D.A.R.E. class. This event took place on 12-10-15 @ Magnolia Charter school in Shreveport, where Deputy Kirby Dawson is the instructor. This was also the first D.A.R.E. program to be taught at Magnolia. The school graduated 108 5th…

Officer Steve Abercrombie and his D.A.R.E. Team collect 7,000 pairs of shoes and over two million miles of opportunity


Everyone needs a reliable pair of shoes.  We estimate that the average pair of shoes lasts 600 miles.  If each of these shoes still has at least 300 miles then D.A.R.E. Officer Steve Abercrombie and his team are providing the shoes for 2.1 million miles of opportunity.  Great job…

LEAD Supports DA.R.E. in Texas

Texas Lions Club Donation

Lions Club donation for D.A.R.E. program McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara accepted a $2,650 check from LEAD (Lions Effort Against Drugs) of District 2X-3 for the D.A.R.E. (Drug Awareness Resistance Education) program operated by the sheriff and his staff. The LEAD program is funded by the…

Chief Takes a D.A.R.E.

Absecon Police Chief John DeRitis

Photo: Absecon Police Chief John DeRitis teaches drug prevention at Emma C. Attales Middle School on Tuesday. ABSECON — When John DeRitis was appointed police chief in January, there was one duty he wasn't giving up — teaching D.A.R.E. In DeRitis' office at City Hall, his bulletproof…

Retro Bill Keynote Speaker at Indiana and California D.A.R.E. Graduations

Retro Bill

  Retro Bill says "HELLO" and wants to let you know he is out there doing his best for…

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez recognizes Rio Rancho D.A.R.E. Officer Chris Beck as a New Mexico True Hero

New Mexico True Hero Chris Beck

Officer Beck was recognized for his efforts in bringing D.A.R.E. to Rio Rancho where he reaches 450 students every year. Officer Beck also leads the Students Achieving For Excellence (SAFE) before and after school program with more than 500 students.   Awesome job, Chris! The article…

D.A.R.E. Students Reaching Out Across the Globe

Steve Abercrombie

When Tracy D.A.R.E. Officer Steve Abercrombie (right) and his D.A.R.E. students take on a project they think big.  They see  boundaries and borders not as obstacles but just another challenge to overcome on the road to a successful project.  So it should be no surprise that Officer Abercrombie,…