Officers Chris Gray and Tron Beesley work in the city's school districts to bring the D.A.R.E program to approximately 650 5th grade students every year. The Arkansas Attorney General's "Smart Choices Better Chances" program is presented to approximately 650 6th grade students. Officers Gray and Beesley also work with community organizations to provide education to the citizens of Paragould through various community programs each year.
This year millions of school children around the world will benefit from D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), the highly acclaimed program that gives kids the skills they need to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs, and violence. D.A.R.E. was founded in 1983 in Los Angeles and has proven so successful that it is now being implemented in 75 percent of our nation's school districts and in more than 43 countries around the world. D.A.R.E. is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teaches children how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives.
The D.A.R.E. curriculum is taught by officers whose training and experience allows them to answer the sophisticated questions often posed by young students about drugs and crime. Prior to entering the D.A.R.E. program, officers undergo 80 hours of special training in areas such as child development, classroom management, teaching techniques, and communication skills.
Since 1993, the Paragould Police Department D.A.R.E program has educated over 10,000 students using the D.A.R.E program. We are proud of the impact it makes on their lives:
- "humanizes" the police; that is, young people can begin to relate to officers as people
- permits students to see officers in a helping role, not just an enforcement role
- opens lines of communication between law enforcement and youth
- opens dialogue between the school, law enforcement and parents to deal with other issues
Our D.A.R.E Officers can be contacted by calling their office at (870)239-7564 or can be reached by email at the following e-mail addresses:
Officer Gray can be reached at: email@example.com
Officer Beesley can be emailed at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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