The Murfreesboro Police Department first started the D.A.R.E. Program in the city school system during the 1992-1993 school year. Presently, the D.A.R.E. curriculum is taught in nine city schools, one county school and one private school. The D.A.R.E. staff consists of a supervisor, three full time officers and one part-time officer.
The staff teaches the curriculum in kindergarten, second grade and fourth grade and provides a 17-week program to fifth grade students. During the 1999-2000 school year, the staff taught the D.A.R.E. curriculum to 3,546 students. During the same school year, the D.A.R.E. staff also participated in 115 youth guidance sessions and parent/teacher meetings. D.A.R.E. officers also checked into 21 truancies.
D.A.R.E. officers at the Murfreesboro Police Department are committed to creating a better quality of life for all of our citizens. They hope to achieve this goal through instruction, positive interaction and enforcement as a last resort.
Questions or comments regarding the D.A.R.E. Program should be directed to Sergeant Greg Walker at (615) 895-3874.