The Streamwood Police Department DARE program (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) was founded in 1992. The program currently has one officer working in nine elementary schools, primarily with 5th grade students. The curriculum includes teaching our students the eight ways to say no to drugs, and techniques for enhancing their self-esteem.
The Streamwood Police Department along with the combined effort of DARE certified law enforcement officers, educators, students, parents and the community, offers an education program in the classroom to prevent or reduce drug abuse and violence among children and youth.
The objective of the DARE Program and the Police Department is to help students recognize and resist the many direct and subtle pressures that influence them to experiment with alcohol, tobacco, inhalants or other drugs, or to engage in violence.
The DARE Program strategy is to accomplish seven goals:
- Increase Bonding (family, school and community).
- Increase Development of Social Competence.
- Enhance/Develop Communication Skills.
- Develop Self-Esteem.
- Improve Decision Making Skills.
- Improve Conflict Resolution.
- Explain the positive alternative activities to drug abuse.