D.A.R.E Program

The Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program was created in 1983 as a joint venture of the Los Angeles Police and the Los Angeles Unified School District due to the increasing negative impact drugs and violence were having on youth. Since the inception of D.A.R.E., the program has grown rapidly and is currently being taught to more than 33 million students in 30 countries throughout the world, and in 75% of the schools in the United States. D.A.R.E.'s focus is early intervention to prepare our youth to face the problems of drugs and violence prior to drowning in the middle of them. We believe it is currently the best program for educating the youth of our community about the harmful effects of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and violence. D.A.R.E. is a great example of community-based policing, building close personal relationships between law enforcement, students, teachers, principals, parents, business leaders, and other community members. A strong message is sent to our youth as the whole community joins hands starting with the children to combat a serious problem that is affecting everyone's way of life in America.

D.A.R.E. was established in Carmel-by-the-Sea in conjunction with the Carmel-by-the-Sea Police Department in 1988. Corporal Steve Rana teaches D.A.R.E. at the Junipero Serra School. The school has approximately 300 students in the program. The core class is a 17-week program involving the fifth grade, totaling approximately 34 students. Students participate in a graduation ceremony, which is conducted at the completion of the program. During the year, Corporal Rana is involved with the community in various ways to promote and explain this unique program. D.A.R.E. presentations are also given to support groups, businesses, parent teachers organizations, local service groups, and private citizens. In the past year, Corporal Rana was involved in more than 30 activities, projects, and presentations.

The D.A.R.E. program is currently funded by an annual golf tournament, which is organized by Corporal Rana and all other law enforcement D.A.R.E. officers in our area. Additionally, several private donations are given to the D.A.R.E. program annually. These funds allow the program to buy essential materials as well as updated training for the D.A.R.E. officer. In 1994, the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea purchased a 1951 Chevrolet Deluxe 4-door sedan to use as an antique police car. The car has been seen at numerous D.A.R.E. events and serves as an ambassador of an era gone by. Actor Clint Eastwood donated the cost of buying the vehicle. The vehicle was outfitted with red lights, siren, and painted the same as it was in 1951. Without the enormous generosity of numerous local merchants and service groups, this project could not have become a reality.

For more information on the D.A.R.E. program, contact Corporal Steve Rana at (831) 624-6403, or you can e-mail him at srana@ci.carmel.ca.us.

Carmel Police Department
SE Corner of Junipero and 4th
P.O. Box 600
Carmel, CA 93921
Phone: (831) 624-6403
Fax: (831) 624-4296