D.A.R.E. / Youth Services
Dy David Hebert
D.A.R.E. & YOUTH COORDINATOR
D.A.R.E. stands for (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), it’s a collaborative effort between special trained law enforcement officer, schools, teachers, parents and community leaders. D.A.R.E. was started in 1983 by Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates. It was started with 3 officers and a dream by Chief Gates to educate the children about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. With that dream D.A.R.E. has grown from one school with 3 officers in 1983 to being taught in all 50 states along with over 43 foreign countries and all Department of Defense Schools and U.S. Territories world wide today.
Before a officer can become a D.A.R.E. Officer he has many steps to complete. First the officer must have at least two years of patrol experience and be chosen by their department .Then the officer must fill out a application which is submitted to the Louisiana D.A.R.E. Training Center. The officer then goes through a oral interview with a board of mentors from the training center. If the officer is chosen by the board to attend the training. They must undergo 80 hours of special training in areas such as child development, classroom management, teaching techniques and communication skills. At anytime during this two week course the officer may be ask by their mentors to leave the training if they think the officer is not meeting the standards set forth by the training center. Once the officer completes the 80 hour two week course the officer must keep up his/her certification by completing at lease 12 hours of training each year.
D.A.R.E. is a science-base curricular that teaches the kids in 5thgrade skills needed in every day life. Some of the 12 lessons are Decision-making skills, Understanding of risks, Understanding of how substance (alcohol, tobacco, marijuana ect.) affects the brain and body, Communication skills, refusal skill (ways to say no, walk away, silent treatment, repeat refusal no no no ect.), Ways to combat peer pressure, bullying, Media Literacy (truth of commercials they don’t always say the truth of the product ) , friendship foundation ( how to pick and be a true friend ), cool things to do without using drugs ,alcohol or tobacco. Along with other lesson and they must write a essay and complete their D.A.R.E. planner before the students are allow to graduate.
The officers also do visitation lesson to grades k-4th leading them up to the main 5th grade core class.
The Cameron Parish Sheriff Department started teaching the D.A.R.E. program in 1991 .
Dy. David Hebert who was certified on January 17th2003. Dy. Hebert teaches at Hackberry High School and Johnson Bayou High Schools. Dy. Hebert has served on the Louisiana D.A.R.E. Officers Association Board in several different positions. Dy. Hebert is currently the 2010-2011 President of the Louisiana State D.A.R.E. Officers Association and seats on the Louisiana State D.A.R.E. Officers Advisory Board.
These deputies and other deputies are available to speak to any civic group or class on many different subjects upon request. You may contact Dy. David Hebert at 337-775-2108 if you have any question or wish to have a deputy speak at your meeting or group event.
Check out the links below for more information and fun activities for the kids.
Sheriff Johnson and Staff of the Sheriff Department would like to thank all of the sponsors below for supporting the D.A.R.E. / Youth Progams in Cameron Parish.
D.A.R.E. Information, Tee-shirts, Patches , Pins Etc.
Kids games and activites Luck Kat T V
Louisiana D.A.R.E. Officers Association
Purchase D.A.R.E. Merchandise
Retro Bill D.A.R.E. Safety Buddy