The DARE program's philosophy of prevention and education

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The DARE program's philosophy of prevention and education

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The DARE program, which I taught for years, stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. It teaches kids about drug issues and about violence, as well. They've also expanded recently into the online world in helping kids address digital citizenship, through the training that come from the law enforcement officer that comes into the classroom. The DARE program's philosophy is a partnership between the parents, the school, and law enforcement. So it is the community that helps to bring messages to the child. As that young person is growing up, and they see that officer in the school, it allows the barriers to be broken down between law enforcement and the community because it puts a nice face to the police officer who happens to be in the school. It also teaches some really good life skills. Things the kids can use for the rest of their lives. The most important aspect of it is that parents need to make sure that the school is using the messages from law enforcement's DARE program to out the education process. It can't just be the one segment of the DARE education process; it needs to built throughout the education process, year after year after year.

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Lt. Joe Laramie

Former Police Lieutenant

In 2012 Lt. Joe Laramie (retired) formed Laramie Consulting, where he provides strategies and solutions for law enforcement and schools to address policy and training on a variety of technology and child exploration issues. He has 30 years of experience in the area of child protection, was certified Police Juvenile Specialist and taught D.A.R.E. for 15 years. From 2010-2011 he worked for the Missouri Attorney General as Adminstrator of Computer Forensics Lab, responsible for addressing online crimes against children, cyber bullying and human trafficking. In 2010, after 31 years of service he retired as a Lieutenant from the Glendale Police Department, where he was detached form 2003-2010 as Commander of the Missouri Interent Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. During his time with MO ICAC he served the National ICAC Task Force Program as liaison to Interent Safety Organizaitons such as Netsmartz, iKeepSafe, and Web Wise Kids, and was a member of the Executive Committee. He is a nationally known speaker on the topic of online crimes against children, technology safety, and cyber bullying. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Bellevue University and is a 2004 graduate of the FBI National Academy.

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