D.A.R.E. Program
Drug Abuse Resistance Education
Program Description
Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE), stylized as D.A.R.E., is an international education program founded by Daryl F. Gates that seeks to prevent use of controlled drugs, membership in gangs, and violent behavior. DARE, which has expanded globally since its founding in 1983, is a demand-side drug control strategy of the American War on Drugs. Students who enter the program sign a pledge not to use drugs or join gangs and are taught by local police officers about the dangers of drug use in an interactive in-school curriculum which lasts ten weeks. DARE America has its headquarters in Inglewood, California.

The D.A.R.E.

The program is usually taught in the Webster Groves at the sixth-grade level, however, at present (2106), the program is inactive pending training of a new leader.  It is anticipated that this program will be reactivated during the 2017-2018 school year.  The Webster Groves Lions supports this program through financial contributions and volunteerism.

DARE Active student benefits:

-- Develop key life skills to stay safe, healthy and to make a positive contribution within society
-- Set goals with success criteria for their development
-- Review and assess their performance
-- Raise their self-esteem and develop the skills to maximize their life opportunities
-- Become inspired and motivated, to achieve their goals and focused in their lives as a whole
-- Be disciplined and take responsibility for their own actions
-- Develop support networks and communicate with the networks in a positive manner
-- Make informed decisions about health, social and moral dilemmas (e.g. misusing drugs)
-- Work within the framework of personal, learning and thinking skills (Qualifications and Curriculum Authority)

For questions or comments about the Police Department's D.A.R.E. or Neighborhood Watch Programs, please contact the Webster Groves Police Department ( this program is currently inactive due to officer retirements).
Revised: August 4, 2017
Webster Groves Lions Club P.O. Box 190520, Webster Groves MO 63119; Email:contactus@webstergroveslions.com