The O'Fallon D.A.R.E. program was started by Officer Ray "Tiny" Sanders in 1991 with instruction to fifth grade students. Officer Sanders was the first D.A.R.E. officer in St. Charles County.
D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), is a collaborative effort between law enforcement, schools, parents and community leaders. Its strength lies in the fact that it helps children learn and practice new skills that are supported by all facets of their community. The curricula are science- and research-based and span K-12 grades with emphasis and reinforcement at vital transition years. As a result of a major national research study, D.A.R.E. demonstrates the latest in prevention science and teaching techniques.
Current K-12 lessons focus on:
- Decision-making skills
- Understanding of risks
- Accurate normative awareness
- Understanding of how substances
- Affect the brain and body
- Communication skills
- Refusal skills
- High self-efficacy
- Media literacy
The D.A.R.E. sequential curricula is comprised of the following:
- K through Grade 4 curriculum
- Elementary school – Grade 5 curriculum
The core curriculum is designed for those students moving on to middle school the next school year, typically the 5th grade. By focusing on a transition year, officers are able to provide the knowledge and skills to enable these young people to resist the temptation to use drugs or react violently to problems. A kindergarten through 4th grade curriculum is also provided that focuses mainly on personal safety.
The O'Fallon Police Department has four D.A.R.E. Officer/School Resource Officers assigned to 12 elementary schools.
The schools served by the O’Fallon Police Department D.A.R.E. Program and the officers assigned to each are listed below. Feel free to contact them with any questions.
|Lieutenant Steve Landsnessemail@example.com||636-379-5688|
|Sgt. Kris Wrightfirstname.lastname@example.org||636-980-5936|
High School Resource Officers
|Fort Zumwalt North – Officer Jake Knopfelemail@example.com||636-379-5421|
|Fort Zumwalt West – Officer Tim Batemanfirstname.lastname@example.org||636-379-5798|
|St. Dominic/Hope/O'Fallon Christian – Officer Dave Pollardemail@example.com||636-379-5777|
Middle School Resource Officers
|Fort Zumwalt North and South – Officer Bob Schoonoverfirstname.lastname@example.org||636-379-5833|
|Fort Zumwalt West and Frontier – Officer Patrick Buddsemail@example.com||636-379-5709|
Grade School DARE
|North: Rock Creek, Forest Park/JL Mudd, Westhoff, Mount Hope, Progress South, Assumption – Officer Julie Longfirstname.lastname@example.org||636-379-5685|
|South: Pheasant Point, Emge, Dardenne, Twin Chimneys, Crossroads, Discovery Ridge – Officer Jill Bloomfieldemail@example.com||636-379-5745|