DARE Officer

Educate young people about the dangers of drugs.

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Salary Range
$32,000 – $84,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do DARE Officers do?

“Drugs are Bad.” “This is your brain. This is your brain on drugs.”

Anti-drug messages are all over the place courtesy of television, radio, newspapers, and magazines. In an effort to inform young children about the dangers of drug use, the DARE, or drug abuse resistance education program, is also in nearly every school across the country. DARE Officers are Police Officers who go to schools to share this information with kids.

As a DARE Officer, you work in conjunction with government leaders, Teachers, and parents to send a powerful message to kids. You target children at a young age in the hope of giving them the tools they need to say no to drugs. But kids aren’t ready to deal with the harsh realities of the world all at once, so you cater to different age groups.

As a DARE Officer, you teach elementary-age kids about safety issues. For example, you tell them to stay away from strangers, and teach them what to do if someone touches them inappropriately. In the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade, your information targets additional safety issues, but begins to focus on drugs.

You role-play and provide tools to deal with peer pressure. In addition, you inform them about the different types of drugs, and ways that drug dealers will try to trick kids into using or even selling for them. For the high school group, you talk more about the side effects, and share real-life stories about how drugs ruin lives.

Should I be a DARE Officer?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • How to become a DARE Officer

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