Flagstaff PD to continue DARE program in schools

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Flagstaff Police Department is pleased to announce the DARE program will be starting in FUSD selected elementary schools this semester and continue onto the rest of the fifth grades next semester.

Due to significant budget cuts, the police administration made the difficult decision to cut the DARE and Great Programs in order to maintain basic police services of officers responding to calls. Thanks to the mayor and city council's consideration during budget meetings this summer, the police department will be able to teach the DARE curriculum to all of Flagstaff's fifth grade students for the 2009-2010 school year.

The DARE curriculum is a comprehensive, 10-week program teaching fifth grade students about good decision making skills, peer pressure and the eight proven ways to say no to drugs and violence.

The department used the summer to analyze and research which programs would be best to serve the community. The department determined the DARE program is one of the top programs available to teach these skills to the elementary age group. The middle school and high school curriculums will be taking on a new look through a program called "Law Related Education" program or "LRE."

This program teaches middle school and high school students a variety of classes from the perspective of a law enforcement officer and drawing from his/her particular area of expertise. The students will also gain a practical understanding of the law and the legal system.

The Flagstaff Police Department is excited to be continuing their partnership in the classrooms with the Flagstaff Unified School District and their support of youth in the community for the 22nd consecutive year.

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