|HISTORY OF D.A.R.E.
The DARE Program arrived in Brantford by way of Los Angeles. In 1983 the L.A. Police Department and the L.A. Unified School District formed a task force to develop a drug abuse prevention program for elementary school children. DARE was the result of this partnership’s efforts. Since 1983 DARE has continued to expand. There are programs in all 50 states of the U.S. and in every province (with the exception of Quebec). In Ontario, DARE is offered by 13 municipal police services, 67 O.P.P. detachments and at four military bases.
This innovative, crime-prevention program was spearheaded in our community by Police Chief Alvin Barber (Ret.) and then Deputy Chief Bob Peeling (Ret.). DARE was introduced to half of the grade six students in Brantford, on a pilot project basis, in the fall of 1997. Within a short time, it was evident that DARE had the overwhelming support of school principals, teachers, parents and most importantly, the students themselves. Beginning in the 1998-99 school year, DARE was taught to every grade six student in Brantford. At the end of the 2009-10 school year, approximately 15,800 students will have received this valuable education since it was first introduced in Brantford.