2012 News Releases

AG Schmidt: Valuable anti-drug, gang, violence program benefits thousands of Kansas youth

Release Date: Apr 05, 2012

TOPEKA – (April 5, 2012) – Thousands of Kansas youth continue to benefit from the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), the highly acclaimed program that gives kids skills to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs, and violence, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said on Thursday, National D.A.R.E. Day.

“D.A.R.E. is a valuable program to help educate youth about the hazards of illegal drugs,” Schmidt said. “Many schools across our state take advantage of this program, and I encourage other schools to contact our office to learn more about how to start D.A.R.E.”

In 1999 the Kansas Legislature directed then-Attorney General Carla Stovall to create a statewide D.A.R.E. Coordinator within the Attorney General’s Office. That position was created in 2000. The law directs the attorney general to assist law enforcement agencies and schools in creating D.A.R.E. programs and providing training for officers to teach D.A.R.E.

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. Recently, Jerry Tenbrink, the Kansas D.A.R.E. coordinator has been involved in helping launch a D.A.R.E. program in Bahrain.

D.A.R.E. is a locally funded partnership between law enforcement and schools. Attorney General Schmidt’s office provides state-level support for the local partnerships by directing financial support for training D.A.R.E. and school resource officers throughout the state.

More than 100 Kansas counties and communities have D.A.R.E. programs serving students in their areas. Each year, approximately 24 new officers successfully complete the 80-hour basic D.A.R.E. training.

Attorney General Schmidt marked National D.A.R.E. Day by talking with D.A.R.E. students in Harper at the culmination of their spring program.

Schmidt said individuals can get more information on starting a program by contacting his office at (785) 296-2215 or at www.ag.ks.gov/dare.

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