Ocilla Police Department
D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. The local D.A.R.E. program is taught by Detective
Sgt. Bill Barrs and Officer Curt Morgan with the Ocilla Police Department. The program is targeted at fifth grade elementary students to help them learn to identify and resist the social pressure to use dangerous drugs.
DARE’s primary mission is to provide children with the information and skills they need to live drug and violence free lives. Additionally, it establishes positive relationships between students and law enforcement, teachers, parents and other community leaders. D.A.R.E. was originally developed by the Los Angeles Police Department in 1983 and has spread throughout the United States. Conceived on the premise that prevention is the only long-term answer to our drug problem, this innovative program is proving to be effective and is now taught in schools in all 50 states and many foreign countries.
The D.A.R.E. curriculum is designed to be taught by police officers whose training and experience give them the background needed to answer the questions often presented to them 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.
The DARE lessons focus on providing accurate information about alcohol and drugs, teaching students decision making skills, showing them how do resist peer pressure, and giving ideas for alternatives to drug use.
At the conclusion of the 10-week DARE curriculum students are recognized at a graduation ceremony attended by parents and local dignitaries. Students receive a graduation certificate and a DARE shirt.
If you or your group would like to make a donation to the Ocilla DARE program or if you would like more information, please contact Detective
Sgt. Bill Barrs or Chief Billy Hancock. The number is 229-468-7494.