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The Bingham County Sheriff's Office is committed to providing programs like D.A.R.E., that provide positive alternatives to drugs, alcohol and violence for the youth of our community.  The D.A.R.E. program began in 1990 in Bingham County, and was one of the first D.A.R.E. programs in Idaho.  It has since expanded and includes 5 active D.A.R.E. Officers.

D.A.R.E. represents a partnership between the Bingham County Sheriff's Department and the Aberdeen, Blackfoot, Firth, Shelley and Snake River School Districts.  This partnership has existed since 1990.  The Core curriculum is presented in the fifth grade.  This is presented 1 hour a week for ten weeks.  It concludes with a culmination ceremony to recognize students who have completed the D.A.R/E curriculum.  Families and friends are encourgaed to attend this ceremony and show their support of their D.A.R.E graduates.

The Middle School and Junior High curriculum is presented in many 7th Grade classes.  This is a refresher and follow-up curriculum, and is geared for the older, more mature students.  This is a 10 hour course.

Visitations for Kindergarten through 4th grade can be arranged.  Curriculum deals with basic safety, rules and drugs.


D.A.R.E. is a prevention curriculum designed to teach children about drugs and alcohol, the consequences of their use, and the skills necessary to resist the pressure to experiment with their use.  D.A.R.E. is more than information; it provides skills and training to aid children in saying "no" to drugs and alcohol.  Students learn how to select and develop healthy alternatives to combat stress and fatigue.  Although there are other programs that contain similar elements, D.A.R.E. is unique because it is taught by uniformed officers.

D.A.R.E. which began in 1983 as a joint project of the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Los Angeles Police Department, is now being taught worldwide D.A.R.E. lessons focus on four major areas:

...................Were you aware?................

    The average age of first drug use is 12 years old. 

     More than 33% of today's teen have already experimented with drugs. 

     42% of student drug users sell drugs as well. 

     Nearly one in five high school seniors have tried cocaine or crack. 

     Sixty to 70% of all crime in the United States is drug related. 

     USA Today found that 57% of students in a nationwide study claim to
         purchase their drugs at school. 

     In 1993, 14% of 8th graders reported drinking 5 or more drinks in the last two weeks,         while 51% of high school seniors reported drinking in the last 30 days.

         If you have any questions or comments about the D.A.R.Eprogram contact Sergeant Craig Luker with the Bingham County Sheriff's Office at (208) 782-3040.

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