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DARE & GREAT
Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program (DARE)
The Police Department began the DARE Program in Murfreesboro City Schools during the 1992 fiscal school year. Presently, the DARE curriculum is taught in 10 city schools and two private schools. The DARE staff consists of one supervisor, four full-time officers, and two part-time officers. The staff teaches the 10 week curriculum to fifth grade students.

Gang Resistance Education & Training (GREAT)
Two full-time GREAT officers instruct the GREAT curriculum. Officers teach the GREAT curriculum to fourth grade students at four of the city schools. The GREAT curriculum consists of six lessons and it is all Gang Resistance Education and Training.

Resist Aggression Defensively (RAD) Kids
Five officers have been trained in RAD Kids, a program to help kids resist aggression defensively. The program’s comprehensive empowerment safety education curriculum, designed for children 8 to 12 years old and their parents, is based on accelerated learning theory and teaches realistic physical resistance options to escape violence.

Through RAD Kids training, children will become empowered and learn to replace fear, confusion, and panic of dangerous situations with confidence, personal safety skills, and self-esteem. The RAD Kids program will provide children with a plan against aggression. The program is set up to provide assistance to those families with little or no income. This past summer, we held two camps in the city. The camps were held at the SportsCom. Forty-six children were taught the RAD Kids curriculum.

Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Women
The DARE / GREAT officers also conduct rape aggression defense (RAD) classes for women. RAD is a program that teaches realistic self-defense tactics and techniques. It is designed strictly for women and topics include awareness, prevention, risk reduction, avoidance, and hands-on self-defense.

The class is designed to equip women with the knowledge and skills to resist violence. The RAD course for women is a 12 hour course split up into four three-hour blocks of instruction. There were two RAD Women courses taught in 2012 to a total of 29 students.

Additional Officer Duties
The Murfreesboro City Schools system also uses DARE and GREAT officers, in addition to their regular instructing duties, to assist with school counseling, alternate solutions for disciplinary problems, security at individual schools, career days, reading, award days, fall festivals, and other miscellaneous city school activities.

The DARE and GREAT officer’s primary responsibility is teaching the DARE or GREAT curriculum, however they coordinate the majority of safety and/or educational activities that involve children and the Murfreesboro Police Department. The DARE / GREAT officers work together on several public relations programs and projects throughout the year.

Questions or comments regarding the DARE Program should be directed to Sergeant Greg Walker at 615-895-3874.

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