D.A.R.E. began in 1983 in Los Angeles, California with 10 LAPD officers as the first D.A.R.E. Officers. Since then it has spread around the world. The McPherson County Sheriff's Office D.A.R.E. program was started by Sheriff Larry Powell in January of 1993. Former D.A.R.E. Officer Captain Doug Anderson received his D.A.R.E. Officer training at Colorado Springs and began teaching at Inman, Canton and Galva Elementary Schools. The next school year, Soderstrom Elementary in Lindsborg, Marquette Elementary, Windom Elementary and Moundridge Middle School were added. D.A.R.E. is now taught in the first semester at Lindsborg Middle School and Canton/Galva Middle School. The second semester schools are Moundridge Middle School, Inman Elementary, and Little River Jr. High School.
The D.A.R.E. program is a partnership with parents and schools to inform and educate elementary and middle school students about the dangers of tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, inhalants and other drugs. D.A.R.E. also shows them how important it is to make wise and healthy choices and how to deal with peer pressure to avoid negative consequences.
Funding of D.A.R.E.
Funding for the McPherson County Sheriff's Office D.A.R.E. program comes from the alcohol education tax via the McPherson County Commission and donations to the annual McPherson County Sheriff Reserve, and D.A.R.E. Program.
For more information on D.A.R.E. call (620) 245-1225.