D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a collaborative effort by D.A.R.E. certified law enforcement officers, educators, students, parents, and the community to offer an educational program in the classroom to prevent or reduce drug abuse and violence among children and youth. The emphasis of D.A.R.E. is to help students recognize and resist the many direct and subtle pressures that influence students to experiment with alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, inhalants, or other drugs, or to engage in violence.
The ten week program offers preventive strategies to enhance those protective factors especially bonding to the family, school, and community-which research has shown to foster development of resiliency in students who may be at risk for substance abuse or other problem behaviors. The Macomb Police Department’s D.A.R.E. program started in the mid-1980’s and has had several instructors since its introduction.
The School Resource Officer (S.R.O) should be viewed as a resource to which the school community can rely on as a law enforcement officer, a law-related counselor, and a law-related teacher. The S.R.O not only keeps the peace in the schools but provides resource guidance to students, parents, faculty and staff, and educates through presentations a better understanding o our local, stated, and federal laws. The current S.R.O. is Officer Denise Cremer. This will be the first year that Officer Cremer has been the Resource Officer.