Drug Abuse Resistance Education
The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office is Proactive in teaching kids to resist drugs and violence in D.A.R.E.
Our goal is to motivate kids to care about their lives and give them skills to make positive every day choices.
Currently the Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham has assigned Deputy John Twomey as the D.A.R.E. officer. Deputy Twomey is proud to have been teaching D.A.R.E. for the past 5 years at 15 elementary schools in our patrol areas. In 2010 D.A.R.E. was taught to 1266 5th grade students in 14 different schools.
D.A.R.E. is a 10 week curriculum taught one day a week in each class and then there is a graduation ceremony. Students are awarded for participation and for their individual accomplishments.
D.A.R.E. classes focus on:
- Alcohol and drug awareness
- Healthy decisions
- Identifying and resisting peer pressure
- Internet safety and social media safety
- Prescription and over the counter drug abuse
- Inhalant abuse
- Taking charge of one’s own life
Deputy Twomey also talks to middle school students and younger students with age-appropriate information for societal issues as needed.
Ways to be in charge and say no:
- Avoid the situation
- Strength in numbers
- Walk away
- Cold shoulder
- Say ‘no’
- Give a reason or a fact
- Change the subject
- Repeated Refusal (keep saying no)
- Use Humor
D.A.R.E. is in all 50 states, 40 countries, and taught in the U.S. Department of Defense Schools worldwide.
For more information on D.A.R.E. please see www.DARE.com