D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. The D.A.R.E.
program is a seventeen week program taught by a specially trained Liberty County
Sheriff's Deputy. The program is targeted at fifth grade elementary students
to help them learn to identify and resist the social pressure to use dangerous
D.A.R.E. was originally developed by the Los Angeles Police Department
in 1983 and has spread throughout the United States. Conceived on the premise that
prevention is the only long term answer to our drug problem, this innovative program is
proving to be effective and is now taught in schools in all 50 states and many foreign
The program is seventeen weeks long and consists of many life building
skills. Through D.A.R.E. students learn that friends will not push them
into using tobacco, alcohol, drugs, alcohol, and inhalants and that growing up
means making their own decisions and coping with problems in a positive way.
Most importantly, students learn and practice specific strategies for
responding to peers who offer them dangerous substances, rehearsing how to say
Prior to completion of the D.A.R.E Program, each student writes an essay about
D.A.R.E. Each student receives a D.A.R.E T-shirt and certificate of completion.
The D.A.R.E program in Liberty County is funded by the use of donations and fund raising
activities by the D.A.R.E Unit as well as funds from Federal Grants obtained by the
The D.A.R.E Program was fully
implemented in Liberty County by Sheriff J. Don Martin in 1993. The program is currently
taught in all public elementary schools within Liberty County. The D.A.R.E Officer reaches
grades Pre-K - 5th on the Elementary level with a variety of different programs including
visitation, core curriculum, and the McGruff and Safety Pup Programs. In addition, the D.A.R.E
Officer does programs for day care centers and different community groups on request.
The Liberty County Sheriff's Department has a full time Deputy assigned duties as a D.A.R.E
Officer. The D.A.R.E. Office is located inside the courthouse along with the Sheriff's Office.
For more information, contact Deputy Sergeant Marty Adams at (912) 876-2131