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Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE)

The Irvine Police Department D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Unit focuses on a comprehensive drug and violence prevention education program for children. The Unit is responsible for maintaining strong relationships with school staff and administrators by  following the D.A.R.E. education curriculum. The  curriculum provides the students with the necessary tools and techniques to resist peer pressure and individual involvement in:

  • Gangs
  • Criminal activity
  • Drug abuse
  • Alcohol abuse


D.A.R.E. Officers who maintain the partnership with our community schools are selected members of the Department trained in the D.A.R.E. education curriculum. Topics within the curriculum teach students:

  • Skills to recognize and resist peer pressure
  • Enhancement of self-esteem
  • Assertiveness techniques
  • Alternatives to substance use
  • Anger management and conflict resolution skills
  • Risk assessment and decision making skills
  • How to reduce and prevent violence
  • Interpersonal communication skills

The Irvine Police D.A.R.E. Unit is comprised of one Police Sergeant who ovesees three sworn D.A.R.E. Police Officers and one non-sworn Public Safety Assistant.