Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons taught in Manchester Township in the 5th grade.
The D.A.R.E. curriculum is designed to be taught by police officers whose training and experience gave 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, officers undergo 80 hours of special training in areas such as child development, classroom management, teaching techniques, and communication skills.
The D.A.R.E. program is more than just drug prevention education; it teaches students good decision making skills to help them avoid high-risk behavior to ensure they grow up healthy, safe and secure. 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.
The D.A.R.E. Program is a 10-12 week program currently being taught in the 5th grade by Sgt. Charles Brooks, Ptl. Marc Micciulla, Ptl Shawn Cavalcante, and Ptl. Michael Terranova. The program reaches approximately 250 elementary school age children in Manchester Township each year.
For more information about our D.A.R.E. program, please contact Sgt. Charles Brooks at 732-657-2009 ext. 6360 or Ptl. Shawn Cavalcante at 732-657-2009 ext. 4201.