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?
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!