D.A.R.E Officer Training

The Massachusetts D.A.R.E. Officer Training is a two-week (80-hour) educational experience where officers hone skills in public speaking, discussion facilitation, lesson planning, student interaction, curriculum content and delivery, and classroom management.

Empowering Officers through Practical Training

By the end of the training, each officer will have gained valuable experience presenting lessons in front of their peers and within an elementary classroom setting.

Hosted annually each November at the state-of-the-art New Hampshire National Guard Academy in Pembroke, New Hampshire, the Northeast D.A.R.E. training program provides a unique and enriching environment for learning. Massachusetts officers can enjoy comfortable, no-cost accommodation in dormitory-style barracks, complete with private rooms and shared bathrooms. We also provide breakfast and lunch each day at no cost.

What’s different about D.A.R.E. Officer Training?
Our training approach deviates from traditional law enforcement methods. Instead of relying on lecture-based learning, we focus on modeling techniques officers will later use in the classroom. D.A.R.E. officers work closely in small teams, engaging in dynamic, hands-on learning experiences that are as enjoyable as they are informative.

After class, officers can unwind and socialize with their new friends and classmates, exploring the various dining options within the greater Concord area. Assignments are given each night in preparation for the next day’s lessons, but there’s always ample time for relaxation and camaraderie.

Our Northeast Training team comprises one Facilitator (a member of the NH State Police), five mentors (experienced D.A.R.E. officers from throughout New England), one educator (a licensed schoolteacher or administrator), and several other support staff. With a student-to-staff ratio of 3:1, every officer receives personalized attention and guidance from our supportive, experienced, and dedicated team.

Walk Away as a Well-Prepared D.A.R.E. Officer

We’re committed to equipping each officer with the proficiency needed to enter a classroom confidently. If necessary, we’ll go the extra mile, providing additional out-of-classroom support to ensure every officer is well-prepared to deliver the D.A.R.E. curriculum. Upon successful completion, officers receive D.A.R.E. Officer certification.

The best part? The training curriculum, tuition, housing, and two meals per day are provided at no cost to Massachusetts officers. While the officers’ department covers salaries, travel expenses, and evening meals, Massachusetts D.A.R.E. also covers the costs of student workbooks and graduation certificates when the officer returns to teach in their community.

Join us on this rewarding journey of education and empowerment. Together, we can make a lasting difference in the lives of our youth!


D.A.R.E. provided us [with] phenomenal tools and knowledge that we brought back to empower the youngest members of our communities, for that alone I am thankful. In addition, there were two specific things I left D.A.R.E. with that I am eternally grateful for…life-long friends and a new hope for progressive and positive police culture… In our short 10 days together, I witnessed more humility and humanity in police officers than I have my entire career…As many of you suggested, we would leave training a different person and I can attest to that. I came out of D.A.R.E. a better SRO and better overall human and I owe it to the staff and my fellow classmates…D.A.R.E. is my superpower. Thank you all again for such an amazing experience and for continuing to pay it forward to others.

– Katie Appel, Norfolk Police Department, DOT #33