Murrieta PD Completes Series of Presentations for DARE

The Murrieta Police Department's Traffic Division Officers and School Resource Officers recently completed a series of presentations a...

The Murrieta Police Department's Traffic Division Officers and School Resource Officers recently completed a series of presentations at local elementary schools for Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) Red Ribbon Week.

The DARE program in the Murrieta Valley Unified School District (MVUSD) is strongly supported by the Murrieta Police Department because of the message it gives kids about avoiding drugs and tobacco use. It also focuses on the 5th grade kids making good decisions as they mature. Time is spent teaching the kids to surround themselves with a network of friends that affect them positively. Lastly, it teaches kids about the role of law enforcement in their communities, putting a human face on the job of law enforcement and teaching kids that police officers are there for them.

The program is intentionally designed to reach out to those in the 5th grade, before they reach middle school. Once in middle school, kids are traditionally exposed to more peer pressure and have more freedoms at home and after school.

The Murrieta Police Department encourages MVUSD staff to work with their School Resource Officers if they would like to have officers present during their Red Ribbon Week or during any other DARE related activities.

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