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How to become a D.A.R.E. officer

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Posted over 5 years ago

 

Just as the title says....


What did you have to do to become a DARE officer?


What are some of the rewards that you see being a DARE officer?

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Talk to your agency head but basically in Ohio anyways, we are certified to be a teacher and the course for training is approximately 1 week long.  It's pretty grueling and requires you to put some effort.  But if it is what you want you can do it no problem.  The rewards are what you want from it.  If you're expecting to change the world....not gonna happen.  But you will make some great contacts and people will definitely remember you and respect you for trying.

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You have to become a police officer first then build seniority. The dare class is intense and is no course for low speed folks, the first week is a killer.


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RHPD03 says ...



Talk to your agency head but basically in Ohio anyways, we are certified to be a teacher and the course for training is approximately 1 week long.  It's pretty grueling and requires you to put some effort.  But if it is what you want you can do it no problem.  The rewards are what you want from it.  If you're expecting to change the world....not gonna happen.  But you will make some great contacts and people will definitely remember you and respect you for trying.



Your right about the remebering thing Im 30 years old and still remember the DARE officer that came to my elementary school and taught us

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With me there was an interview process with my agency then an interview with the state board before i was accepted. The training was two weeks and tough. There are promises that you will make it i had two in my class who were sent home in the middle of the night without saying good bye because it was not for them. There were no rule violation just they were not cut out for them and they were not allowed to finish. You have to love kids and place them above yourself it will goveren your whole life. If you have a beer with dinner a child will see and ask why you drink while telling them not too. The answer has to be good and to their understanding not just because i am grown up. You have to earn the kids respect and it is not guaranteed. But the rewards are great and the joy the kids get is returned in every smiling face and singing voice ten fold. But you do have to have experience you can not just walk on from the civilan life.


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Well said Meff,


You really have to toe the line when you're teaching. You think you're under the microscope now? Try when you're off duty at the mall with your family, friends, etc and let's say you smoke, drink, chew, etc. Can you imagine the "hypocrite" factor that will come into play? I taught core and special ed for 7 years at 9 schools and loved every second of it. I could go on and on about building rapport, inspiring youth and many other things that are rewarding but nothing, I mean NOTHING compares to the one 6 grader that gives you the hug on graduation day that tells you something you said or did during the past 17 weeks really touched them and made a difference. I'd trade everything I've ever done in Law Enforcement for those moments. Had really to put into words but once you've felt it, you'll never forget it.


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The absolute worst thing about DARE was the 2-week school I had to attend.  I've been through regular schools as a kid, countless military schools/classes, two separate boot camps in the Navy, college, and numerous LE schools.  It was HELL.  Not physical in the least bit, just totally mental.  We lost 4 guys the first week.  Either they weren't diggin' it or they couldn't cut it. 


I would think the secondary problems I've had is that some kids just can't be reached.  When you first walk into the classroom and you hear a kid say something like "po-po done put my mama in jail", you're going to have a problem.  Hopefully we can show them that not all cops are the same.  As I teach, I can see the kids that don't have hardly any home training, respect for anyone including themselves or just a hatred for life in general.  I tell them I'd rather teach them in the 5th grade than have to "talk" to them when they're 18. 


But I do have to say, these are the oldest 5th graders I've ever seen.  Street smart old I mean.  Most of the schools I teach are inner-city schools surrounded by street gangs and drugs and shootings.  One school is on the LSU campus and those are the rich< spoiled and naive kids.  I don't know who is harder to teach...    

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Do you have to be police officer to be DARE officer?  I am graduating from college in Sept with BS in Criminal Justice.  I am just wondering if a civilian can become a DARE officer.

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First being a DARE is not for everyone. Your have to have the personality that goes with the program. As mentioned in the previous replies the school is tough and not everyone will make it through. I went to DARE school in Los Angeles. The class was is taught  by seasoned LAPD DARE instructors through the LA school district.  After the first three days I wondered if I was DARE material. I did complete the two week program to graduate as certified DARE officer. The rewards you get after the training make up for the two weeks of mental pounding. In my class we had officer attending from all over the US. 

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First an LEO then if your dept or State training academy accepts you,  you get to go to a DARE DOT...


I have been teaching for 9 years, IT has been the best part of my 14 years as an LEO.


Now  I finaly work for a Sheriff that understands that you can't just do the program PART-TIME that In order to make an impact, It has to be FULL TIME


THANK YOU, SHERIFF ROGER DEEDS FOR YOUR COMMITMENT TO D.A.R.E. and the Children of Hood County Texas