D.A.R.E. - Drug Abuse Resistance Education, is a cooperative effort by the police, schools, parents, and the community - working together to help our children make the right choices concerning drug use.

It is a drug abuse prevention education program designed to equip students with knowledge about drug abuse, the consequences of abuse, and skills for resisting peer pressure to experiment with drugs, alcohol and tobacco.

The D.A.R.E. program is taught in over 75% of the nationís school districts. One unique feature of D.A.R.E. is the use of uniformed police officers as instructors creating a positive atmosphere for students to interact with law enforcement

The Norwich Police Department D.A.R.E. Unit was established in 1989.  Currently the D.A.R.E. Unit has two officers:
Officer First Class Thomas Nickerson
Officer Ryan Kelsey

Instructing the D.A.R.E. programs in the twelve Norwich Public and Parochial elementary, middle and high schools, as well as a D.A.R.E. Parent Program.

The D.A.R.E. Unit also organizes several D.A.R.E. events including the Drug-Free Red Ribbon Rally, the D.A.R.E. Essay Contest and an Anti-Drug/Violence Poster Contest.  The D.A.R.E. Unit also participates in the City of Norwich Winter Festival Parade, a Secret Santa program, The Officer Phil Child Safety program, The McGruff Crime Dog program, the Norwich Navigatorís D.A.R.E. Day and numerous community sponsored events.

Up-coming D.A.R.E./Community Events

Parent Program Information

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Student Participation Letter
is in PDF Format.
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