D.A.R.E. Program

Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) seeks to provide children and youth with the information and skills needed to live drug and violence free lives.

D.A.R.E. works to establish positive relationships between law enforcement, students, teachers, parents and community members.

No single substance abuse prevention program can solve all drug misuse and violence problems, but D.A.R.E. has a proven track record of helping.


  • is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teach children from kindergarten through Grade 12 how to resist peer pressure and live productive, drug-free and violence-free lives. The program initially focused on elementary school children but has been expanded to include middle and high school students.
  • teaches children the skills they need to recognize and resist the subtle and overt pressures that may lead them to experiment with drugs and alcohol.
  • teaches students learn about the dangers of drugs and gain self-confidence by acting out problem situations in a classroom setting.
  • ensures students are taught to keep their bodies healthy and to control their feelings when angry or under stress.
  • coaches students on how to respond when a friend pressures them to use alcohol or drugs and to recognize the various forms of influence from peers, parents and the media.
  • encourages students learn to choose positive activities instead of just “hanging out” on the streets.

Things you can do to help your children

  • Help your children find ways to have fun without drugs through outdoor activities, sports, dance, music and creative projects.
  • Help your children choose a healthy lifestyle be setting a good example for them: show your children how to deal with day to day problems like frustration, stress, disappointment, boredom in a positive drug free way.
  • Pay attention to them and show them your love and understanding.
  • Make your position on drugs and alcohol clear to your children.
  • Parents need to discuss with each other the handling of the issue of drug and alcohol abuse.
  • Educate yourself so that you can educate your children.
  • Encourage your children to talk about their problems and feelings – be there to listen.
  • Give your children responsibilities at home and encourage them to accept responsibility.
  • Don’t be overprotective; avoid unproductive accusations as these often result in denial and isolation.
  • Teach them the meaning of the word consequence.
  • Know who your children’s friends are: be aware that the behaviour you expect from your children may be different from what your children say is expected of their peers.

Ten Things Kids Can Do To Stop Violence

  1. Learn safe routes for walking in the neighborhood and know good places to seek help. Trust feelings and if there’s a sense of danger, get away fast.
  2. Report crimes or suspicious actions to the police, school authorities and parents. Be willing to testify if needed.
  3. Don’t open the door to anyone that you don’t know and trust.
  4. Never go anywhere with someone you don’t know and trust.
  5. If someone tries to abuse you, say no, get away and tell a trusted adult. Remember, it’s not the victim’s fault.
  6. Don’t use alcohol or other drugs and stay away from places and people associated with them.
  7. Stick with friends who are also against violence and drugs and stay away from known trouble spots.
  8. Get involved to make school safer and better – having poster contests against violence, holding anti-drug rallies, counseling peers, settling disputes peacefully. If there’s no program, help start one.
  9. Help younger children learn to avoid being crime victims by setting a good example.
  10. Volunteer to help with community efforts to stop crime.

Ways to be in Charge

  • Say “No Thanks”
  • Give an Excuse/Reason
  • Broken Record
  • Walk Away
  • Change the Subject
  • Avoid the Situation
  • Cold Shoulder
  • Strength in Numbers
  • Use Humour

“The RCMP Drug Awareness Service is committed to making
communities safe and healthy by reducing
substance abuse and its related problems.”

The Drug Awareness Service is coordinated by specially trained RCMP members at the national, provincial and municipal levels. They work in partnership with other police departments, governments and non-governmental agencies, private organizations and other community groups to provide pro-active initiatives in schools, communities and workplaces.

For further information please contact the D.A.R.E. coordinator at Kelowna RCMP Detachment at 762-3300.