This year 36 million school children around the world--26 million in the U.S.--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. D.A.R.E. was founded in 1983 in Los Angeles and has proven so successful that it is now being implemented in nearly 80 percent of our nation's school districts and in more than 54 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.

The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office is committed to teaching the children of Olmsted County the truth and consequences about drug abuse and poor decision making.  We currently teach DARE in the Byron, Stewartville and Dover-Eyota school districts.

DARE Instructors:

Deputy Aviana Torkelson and Deputy Jon Strum

Links for D.A.R.E.

National - http://www.dare.com

For more information contact :

Crime Prevention Division
Olmsted County Sheriff's Office
101 4th Street South East
Rochester, MN 55904
507 328-6777