The Dubuque Police Department's D.A.R.E. program was implemented in 1989 as part of the Department's focus on crime prevention and better serving the city through Community Oriented Policing. Dubuque's D.A.R.E. Unit currently has one full-time coordinator/instructor and four School Resource Officers who are certified to teach the D.A.R.E. curriculum. All of them are dedicated to providing substance abuse, gang, and violence prevention programming to students in the Dubuque area schools.
The D.A.R.E. coordinator works closely with the School Resource Officers in providing school based prevention and education as well as crisis intervention, conflict resolution, and enforcement activities. The Dubuque Police Department's D.A.R.E. program is offered primarily to 6th grade students, though the Officers also provide education, intervention, and prevention services to meet a wide variety of community needs.
Community Prevention Education
The Dubuque Police Department D.A.R.E. Officers also provide area colleges, businesses, and other community organizations with specific prevention education presentations to keep community members informed on area substance abuse concerns, pro-active parenting strategies, and other topics as requested.
Officer Rick Fullmer, D.A.R.E. Coordinator