The Newport Beach Police Department in conjunction with the Newport-Mesa Unified School District sponsors the Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program, known as D.A.R.E. The D.A.R.E. program is taught at all Newport Beach Elementary and Junior High Schools in the district. D.A.R.E. is a drug education and prevention program with the primary emphasis on presenting facts and dispelling myths about the use and abuse of drugs.
Youth safety is one of many topics taught through the D.A.R.E. program. Students are taught about stranger danger, tips for bike safety, and safe pedestrian travel. They are also taught about the decision-making process and opportunities for students to develop teamwork skills. The D.A.R.E. program provides students with the education and skills necessary to identify and resist harmful peer pressure. The program is unique in that all D.A.R.E. instructors are uniformed police officers.
For more information about the D.A.R.E. Program, please call Newport Beach D.A.R.E. Office at 644-3638.