D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education)

DARED.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a program taught by police officers across the country in schools within their communities. The program teaches children not only about the dangers of drug, alcohol, and tobacco abuse, but also stresses the importance of good decision-making and being responsible for one’s own actions. D.A.R.E. was created by the Los Angeles Police Department in the 1980’s.

D.A.R.E. was brought to the Town of Speedway in 1990 in a proactive effort to curb drug abuse and to cultivate an even better relationship between the police department and the Speedway schools. The D.A.R.E. program has been taught to sixth grade children in Speedway every year since. Each year approximately 200 children graduate from Speedway’s D.A.R.E. program. The participating schools are Allison Elementary, Fisher Elementary, Newby Elementary, Wheeler Elementary and St. Christopher Elementary.

Detectives Jim Thiele, Lauren Roemke and Kyle Hodges serve as the department’s D.A.R.E. officers. Detective Thiele has been active in the program since 2001.  Detective Roemke and Detective Hodges have been with the unit since 2005 and 2007 respectively.
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