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Every youngster should have the opportunity to grow-up healthy, safe, secure, and equipped with the skills needed to succeed in life. Contemporary America, however, is rampant with challenges that could keep children from a positive life path.

D.A.R.E.'s primary mission is to provide children with the information and skills they need to live drug-and-violence-free lives. The goal is to equip kids with the tools that will enable them to avoid negative influences and allow them to focus on their strengths and potential.   D.A.R.E. also establishes positive relationships between students and law enforcement, teachers, parents, and other community leaders.

The D.A.R.E. curriculum is taught by sheriff’s deputies whose training and experience give them the background needed to answer the sophisticated questions often posed by young students about drugs and crime. Prior to entering the D.A.R.E. program, deputies undergo 80 hours of special training in areas such as child development, classroom management, teaching techniques, and communication skills. 40 hours of additional training are provided to D.A.R.E. instructors to prepare them to teach the high school curriculum.

D.A.R.E. goes beyond traditional drug abuse and violence prevention programs. It gives children the skills needed to recognize and resist the subtle and overt pressures that cause them to experiment with drugs or become involved in gangs or violent activities.

D.A.R.E. is universally viewed as an internationally recognized model of community policing. The United States Department of Justice has identified how D.A.R.E. benefits local communities:

  • D.A.R.E. "humanizes" the police: that is, young people can begin to relate to officers as people.
  • D.A.R.E. permits students to see officers in a helping role, not just an enforcement role.
  • D.A.R.E. opens lines of communication between law enforcement and youth.
  • D.A.R.E. Officers can serve as conduits to provide information beyond drug-related topics.
  • D.A.R.E. opens dialogue between the school, police, and parents to deal with other issues.

Deputy Todd Dedmond and Deputy Brian Spradlin are the lead D.A.R.E. Officers for the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office. For more information about the D.A.R.E. Program in Vanderburgh County or to see how you can partner with us, contact the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office at 812-421-6201 or goes to

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office is active in the following schools:

Lodge, Resurrection, Corpus Christi, Stringtown, Scott, Holy Redeemer, Cedar Hall, Delaware, Stockwell, Scott, Highland, Glenwood, St. Joe Catholic, Good Shepherd, Westside Catholic, St. Theresa, Lincoln, Holy Rosary, Caze, West Terrace, Cynthia Heights, Evansville Day School, St. Benedict, Harper, Vogel, Tekoppel, Daniel Wertz, Hebron, Dexter, Evansville Lutheran, Holy Spirit, and Christ The King.

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