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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 2015.  Training will take place at the Ontario Police College.  This course is limited to only 24 candidates, so it is recommended that if interested, you contact me as early as possible.

The Registrar's Office at the Ontario Police College will be sending out a course notification to all Police Services in the Province in early January 2015. The Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program is endorsed by the OACP.

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 30 December 2014 17:11 )
Welcome to DARE Ontario! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Harry Lawrenson   
Monday, 10 November 2014 00:00
2015 D.A.R.E. Officer Training
The first training for 2015 is tentatively scheduled for April.  We have received a number of requests, so if your Service is requesting training, please contact me to reserve space (s).
The people who do the marketing for D.A.R.E. Ontario are currently doing their Christmas Toy Drives, so if you see a table set up bearing the D.A.R.E. banner,  at one of your local businesses please support their efforts. A large percentage of their profits goes to training our D.A.R.E. Officer candidates.  (See D.A.R.E. Marketplace for more information).
To all of you, we wish you a Merry Christmas, and Happy Healthy New Year.
 Copies of DVD.
I just received some new copies of the DVD for the KiR Elementary curriculum ( Grade 5-6).  If anyone is in need, please send me an e-mail, and I will get one out to you.  Nothing has changed, but I know they sometimes need replacing.
Stay tuned for dates for the 2014 Dare Officer Training Course.  We are also considering an Ontario D.A.R.E. Officers conference, just to bring everyone together and network with some new ideas on curriculum presentation (making things a little simpler).   Best of the Season to everyone.
Results of International Training Conference- Cincinnati, OH, July 2013
A new K-4 curriculum was introduced.  It has been updated to meet the needs of our current trends at that age level.  New charts are being introduced.   They have not been printed in the heavier cardboard material as yet but we got a sample.  The format is the same with the topic picture on front and your lesson plan on the back.  They are updated to reflect the needs of kids at this age level.  As soon as they are released I will let you know.  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.  I suspect they will be ready in late fall.
By now, I believe most officers have received the training to transition to the latest curriculum. If not, let me know and that will be done. 
Our next training is set for February 2014.  In the meantime we had 3 officers who require training prior to September so they are off to the Maryland Training Center, just outside Baltimore, the end of August  so they will be ready to go for the start of school.
Have a great start, and remember if you need anything don't hesitate to e-mail me at
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2013 Training Conference - Cincinnati, OH.  July 14-19th,2013
I will be attending the Annual International D.A.R.E Officers Training course in Cincinnati, and will bring back any new releases that you should be aware of.
I know there are some minor tweeks to the K-4 curriculum, but there has been no advance notice as to what they are.  If new charts are part of the update, I will ensure that each of you receive a new set. 
General feedback from the Education Administrators is excellent as to the new curriculum. They really like the addition of the "Communication skills" lessons.  I know some of you may think that there is some repitition near the end but that is done with a purpose.  Students at that age level learn most effectively by repetitiveness.  I am sure you see that in the "DARE reports".
Have a great summer everyone and get energized for the fall. Just remember those Grade 6 students can't wait to see you.
Tremendous Graduation,
On Friday, March 1st,  22 new D.A.R.E. Officers graduated from the Ontario D.A.R.E. Training Centre.   These newly minted D.A.R.E. officers, will serve communities throughout Ontario, parts of Quebec and CFB Greenwood, Nova Scotia.
Thanks go out to the Training Team,  who came from  New Jersery, Connecticut, Kentucky, Missouri, Timmins and Collingwood. 
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 ( Tuesday, 30 December 2014 17:05 )
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 )