Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.)

The Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Program has been in King William County Schools since 1986. The King William County Sheriff’s Office has one certified D.A.R.E. Officer: Deputy Jeff Goodman. Deputy Goodman is teaching the D.A.R.E. Program during the current school year.

How the Program Works

During the fall semester, students in the 5th grade participated in the 10-week program. During the spring semester, Kindergartners will participate in the D.A.R.E. Safety Training, which is a 6-week program. New for 2014, the King William Sheriff’s Office is offering a special curriculum for 2nd graders as well.


D.A.R.E. was originally developed by the Los Angeles Police Department in cooperation with the Unified School District in 1983. Conceived on the premise that prevention is the only long-term answer to drug problems, this innovative program is proving to be effective and is now taught in schools in all 50 states and several foreign countries.

Additional Information

The D.A.R.E. program is positive and substantive. It avoids scare tactics and relies on accurate information and a straight-forward approach.

For more information about the D.A.R.E. Program, visit the official D.A.R.E. website.