The acronym D.A.R.E. stands for DRUG ABUSE RESISTANCE EDUCATION. Contrary to what many people think, D.A.R.E. is DARE not just simply telling the kids to say no to illicit drugs…it's much more than that. In D.A.R.E. class, the definition of a DRUG is: any substance, other than food, that changes the way the mind or body works. That definition encompasses a broad spectrum of substances that can lead themselves to ABUSE. The students are provided with the facts regarding the harmful effects of alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana so they know what damage these substances can do to the body and mind, despite being legal at certain ages or in certain states. RESISTANCE is taught by providing the students with a decision making process that encourages them to make safe and responsible choices in virtually any and all situations they will encounter. Other lessons include topics like: Ways to say NO, Dealing with stress, Effective Communication, Help Networks, Bullying, and being a good citizen. D.A.R.E. is a small but integral part of the entire school experience that helps provide our children with a well-rounded EDUCATION. Additionally, it provides the kids with significant positive interaction with a Police Officer on a more personal level, and the presence of a Police Officer during D.A.R.E. class times greatly enhances the safety and security of the schools he visits.

Officer Dion Olson completed his initial D.A.R.E. Instructor (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Training at the Missouri State Highway Patrol Academy in 2002. This course is recognized as one of the most intense, demanding, and yet, rewarding experiences offered to Law Enforcement officers who are dedicated to the care, and education of our community’s children.

Officer Olson has taught through three major curriculum changes of the International D.A.R.E. program. Officer Olson was previously one of approximately 80 law enforcement officers from across the country chosen to take part in, and teach, an experimental High School program case study conducted through the University of Akron.  During the summer of 2015, Officer Olson renewed his training certificate at the Missouri Police Chiefs Training Center in preparation of teaching the newest iteration of D.A.R.E., which is titled Keepin’ It Real. Over the course of Officer Olson’s tenure as a D.A.R.E. Instructor, he has taught, and played a positive role in the lives of thousands of young people within the region.

The Crestwood D.A.R.E. program is currently taught to approximately 400 children each year, through a partnership with three elementary schools within the City of Crestwood. Students from Long Elementary, Crestwood Elementary, and Holy Cross Academy at Our Lady of Providence, eagerly participate in this 10 week program, which is scheduled across the school year. 

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