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D.A.R.E. Officer Training Calendar PDF Print E-mail
Written by Harry Lawrenson   
Monday, 10 November 2014 00:00

A D.A.R.E. Officer Training has been scheduled for April 9 - 20, 2018. Training will take place at the Ontario Police College, Aylmer, Ontario.  Spaces are going quickly so please contact me soon to obtain Joining Instructions..

This training will include the new High School program which was released in the summer of 2017.  This delivery of the High School program is very Officer friendly.  The students complete this on-line.  The Officer makes an introductory visit, the students obtain an on-line "identity" with DARE, and complete the program.  Upon completion the officer attends to present certificates.

 The Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program is supported by the OACP.

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Last Updated ( Monday, 12 February 2018 19:37 )
Welcome to DARE Ontario! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Harry Lawrenson   
Wednesday, 24 January 2018 00:00
WELCOME BACK ----  Sorry, we were having some technical difficulties that had to be resolved, but we are back on the grid now.
Announcing a DARE Officer Training coming up starting April 9 and concludes April 20, 2018.  Some space still available but contact me SOON.  
This training will include the new High School program which was released last summer.  Very, very Officer friendly.  Students obtain an identity on-line and all lessons are online.  No heavy lifting.  It's an awesome program for those police services who have limited resources for school programs.  Also a special block of training dealing with the increase in opioid and fentanyl use.
please contact me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . Or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it for more info.  You can also reach me by phone at 705-434-1939, ext. 3956.  If I am not available, please contact our Administrative Assistant, Joanne Rosato, at 705-434-1939, ext.3905.
Those interested in the annual International Conference, this year, it will be in Orlando, Florida.    See details at   
 "DID YOU KNOW"  --- D.A.R.E.  Launches New   '"HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUM"  -  now being delivered as part of the D.A.R.E. Officer Training.   Last summer, the new High School program was released and has proven to be a highly sought after resource for educating students at this vulnerable level. The curricula contains three distinct modules - REAL Messages,  My Playbook (with an optional segment for student athletes) and a collection of stand alone presentations, the first of which is   Celebrating Safely.   The curricula components are independent, but supportive of one another, and can be implemented individually or as a complete suite.  This curricula is very officer friendly.  Students obtain an on-line identity with DARE, and complete the segments on-line, without the officer being present.
This new curricula offers educators and law enforcement flexible and cost-effective options for providing students with relevant and timely tools to exercise responsible decision making. 

New K-2 Curriculum introduced..
A new K-2curriculum was introduced.  It has been updated to meet the needs of our current trends at that age level.  New charts have been introduced.     The format is the same with the topic picture on front and your lesson plan on the back.   If you are teaching this level, even on an occasional basis, just e-mail me and request a copy of the charts and I will get them to you. 
As Always, Partners in Prevention.
DARE Ontario is a volunteer based organization committed to Drug Abuse Resistance Education and our youth!
This year millions of school children around the world will benefit from D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), the highly acclaimed program that gives kids the skills they need to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs, and violence.  DARE is in more than 43 countries around the world. D.A.R.E. is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teaches children from kindergarten through 12th grade how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives.
Last Updated ( Sunday, 28 January 2018 21:13 )
DARE Marketplace PDF Print E-mail
Written by Harry Lawrenson   
Monday, 10 November 2014 00:00



Check out our D.A.R.E. items and support the D.A.R.E. movement. 

 D.A.R.E. Ontario is able to train selected Police Officers to teach the D.A.R.E. program due to the generous support of a few corporate sponsors.  The next time you see a table set up, displaying the DARE banner, and licensed merchandise, please know that a large percentage of your purchase goes directly to training a Police Officer to become a DARE Officer or Mentor.

The agents who represent D.A.R.E. are licensed by the Province of Ontario and by D.A.R.E. to sell these trademark items as part of D.A.R.E. Ontario's fundraising initiatives.

The two week training course is a mandatory requirement and must be sucessfully completed in order for the officer to teach the program. The cost to train each officer is approximately $1500.00 and thankfully due to your support through purchasing this merchandise, we are able to sustain teaching our most valuable resource, our children.

Also, donations received from these merchandisers, supports already trained officers with curriculum updates and changes.

So, thank you very much for your support for this very worthwhile program, which puts a skillfully trained, experienced Police Officer in the classroom for one hour each week for 10 weeks.  A small price to pay for the educational value our children will receive.

We are also looking at venues to hold a DARE Ontario Training update, and networking conference in the upcoming months.  So please ,visit these tables if they come to your area, so we can gain support for you and the program.


Last Updated ( Monday, 10 November 2014 13:01 )
Officer Enhancement PDF Print E-mail
Written by Harry Lawrenson   
Saturday, 06 November 2010 00:00

 Transition to New Curriculum,

 I believe all Ontario officers have now received training in the new curriculum released last summer.

If not, please advise me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it and arrangements will be made to accomodate this.

The new curriculum MUST be taught as of September 2013. 

The D.A.R.E. curriculum is designed to be taught by police officers whose training and experience gave them the background needed to answer the sophisticated questions often posed by young students about drugs and crime. Prior to entering the D.A.R.E. program, officers undergo 80 hours of special training in areas such as child development, classroom management, teaching techniques, and communication skills. 40 hours of additional training are provided to D.A.R.E. instructors to prepare them to teach the high school curriculum.

Last Updated ( Monday, 01 April 2013 18:57 )
Warning Signs PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 06 October 2006 21:27
This section will help parents be one of the winning factors in our fight against drugs. Here you will find articles and information to help you spot the early warning signs and symptoms of drug use.

 Warning signs of a potential drug problem include:

If you notice unexplained changes in physical appearance or behavior, it may be a sign of substance use – or it could be a sign of another problem. You will not know definitively until a professional does a screening.

Physical Signs

  • Change in sleeping patterns
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Slurred or agitated speech
  • Sudden or dramatic weight loss or gain
  • Skin abrasions/bruises
  • Neglected appearance/poor hygiene
  • Sick more frequently
  • Accidents or injuries

Behavioral Signs

  • Hiding use; lying and covering up
  • Sense that the person will "do anything" to use again regardless of consequences
  • Loss of control or choice of use (drug-seeking behavior)
  • Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Emotional instability
  • Hyperactive or hyper-aggressive
  • Depression
  • Missing school or work
  • Failure to fulfill responsibilities at school or work
  • Complaints from teachers or co-workers
  • Reports of intoxication at school or work
  • Furtive or secretive behavior
  • Avoiding eye contact
  • Locked doors
  • Going out every night
  • Change in friends or peer group
  • Change in clothing or appearance
  • Unusual smells on clothing or breath
  • Heavy use of over-the-counter preparations to reduce eye reddening, nasal irritation, or bad breath
  • Hidden stashes of alcohol
  • Alcohol missing from your supply
  • Prescription medicine missing
  • Money missing
  • Valuables missing
  • Disappearances for long periods of time
  • Running away
  • Secretive phone calls
  • Unusual containers or wrappers
Last Updated ( Monday, 23 June 2008 17:49 )