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D.A.R.E. comes to Wilmington for state conference

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Dozens of officers and D.A.R.E. representatives are in Wilmington this week for a statewide conference.

D.A.R.E. has become a familiar name all over the country, as law enforcement agencies work hard to educate school kids of all ages. Today, these individuals came together to learn about new tools and techniques to educate kids on the dangers of drugs, alcohol and gangs.

Retro Bill, the national spokesperson for D.A.R.E. is one of the highlight speakers of this week's conference. He shared personal stories about D.A.R.E.'s impact in kids' lives.

Retro Bill says one of his biggest tips he has for dare officers is the use of visualization techniques to get D.A.R.E.'s message across.

"We all know we live in a visual world," he said. "Video games, computers, etc. So visualization. And what we hope is the officers leave with new tools of the trade and you know... good hair tips."

As part of the conference, D.A.R.E. officers and retro bill also stopped by Belville Elementary. More than a hundred kids took part in Retro Bill's presentation that had everyone laughing.

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DARE

I would also like to add. I've seen first hand in the classroom that DARE is effective. There is no way to track what a kid would or not do had they not been in DARE class. I've listened to the feedback of students and over the years heard of many family situtations where not only the student chose not to use drugs, But I've had parents and friends of those students quit doing drugs. The main reason they give is because their student came home and shared information about what drugs like tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, and others do to the body. I've seen first hand that the D.A.R.E. program works and is excellent. I've had teachers comment on how students that had problems with telling lies or stealing decided to stop after taking DARE. Those types of things can not be tracked or followed in a stat. The shame is I see the DARE program being pushed out of some schools because the school is focused on testing, EOG's and others. Some Administrators do not like DARE because they cant show stats they say the teachers just want a break in the day. Such an excuse! I get feedback from 90% of the schools that it is very effective and makes a huge difference in the students decision making and choices. If you really want to see you have to spend time in the classroom with the actual students that take DARE. They are far more valuable than some ellusive stat the government wants to see. When you have students come up to you with tears in their eyes and thank you for helping them deal with pressures to use drugs, pressures from family members, concern for loved ones to stop doing drugs and that student tells you they decided not to become involved with drugs. That is the only proof I need to know without a doubt D.A.R.E. works.

D.A.R.E.

D.A.R.E. is a complete waste of money. A review of the literature within the criminal justice community shows that every attempt to show its efficacy fails.

Why do you offer non-critical coverage of this program?

I am a retired professor of sociology and criminal justice and would be more than happy to educate you and your viewers on this horrid waste of money and time.

You do not need to be an academician; all you have to do is Google the matter and the evidence is overwhelming.

Jerry Dockery

Ellusive Facts

First its the most cost effective prevention program in the nation.
I teach over 1300 students on a budget of $4800.00 That's $3.69 per student. Not counting the officers pay. Where on earth do you get one on one interaction with a student on preventing substance abuse, facing peer pressures, and resisting drugs, violence, and gangs?

I would also like to add. I've seen first hand in the classroom that DARE is effective. There is no way to track what a kid would or not do had they not been in DARE class. I've listened to the feedback of students and over the years heard of many family situtations where not only the student chose not to use drugs, But I've had parents and friends of those students quit doing drugs. The main reason they give is because their student came home and shared information about what drugs like tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, and others do to the body. I've seen first hand that the D.A.R.E. program works and is excellent. I've had teachers comment on how students that had problems with telling lies or stealing decided to stop after taking DARE. Those types of things can not be tracked or followed in a stat. The shame is I see the DARE program being pushed out of some schools because the school is focused on testing, EOG's and others. Some Administrators do not like DARE because they cant show stats they say the teachers just want a break in the day. Such an excuse! I get feedback from 90% of the schools that it is very effective and makes a huge difference in the students decision making and choices. If you really want to see you have to spend time in the classroom with the actual students that take DARE. They are far more valuable than some ellusive stat the government wants to see. When you have students come up to you with tears in their eyes and thank you for helping them deal with pressures to use drugs, pressures from family members, concern for loved ones to stop doing drugs and that student tells you they decided not to become involved with drugs. That is the only proof I need to know without a doubt D.A.R.E. works.

Jerry, I would like to

Jerry,
I would like to invite you to any D.A.R.E. Class or D.A.R.E. Graduation in your area to see if this program works. For educated folks like you it is so easy to make comments about a program that you can just "Google" about. To me that was an easy way out. Google does not show how D.A.R.E. Officers across this country help children, parents, and schools on the fight against drugs, violence, and negative peer pressure. You did mention studies and research but you fail to mention the positive research done over the past 20 years of the D.A.R.E. Program.
I am a D.A.R.E. Officer who has graduated over 5000 kids and helped over 300 Police Officers and Deputy Sheriffs to become D.A.R.E. Officers. I would be more than happy to educate you on your horrid misleading information.
By the way, seatbelts sometimes cause injury but we wear them and all manufacturers still put them in vehicels.