Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program, was started in 1983. Dr. Ruth Rich, a psychologist in California, approached the City of Los Angles Police Chief with an idea of having Law Enforcement Officers come into the schools and talk with the students about drugs and violence and harmful effects of tobacco and alcohol to the body.
25 years later D.A.R.E. is an international program.
The D.A.R.E. program is broken into 2 programs. One program starts with the kindergarten through the 4th grade. Kindergarten has 3 visits, grades 1 and 2 have 4 visits. Grades 3 and 4 have 5 visits The 2nd program concentrates in the 6th grade with a main core 9 week program. Some Police Departments choose to only conduct the 6th grade program. The Harrison Police Department has the ability to provide a full-time Dare Officer, thanks to grants from the State of Ohio, which allows visits to both primary and elementary grades
The Harrison Police Department started a D.A.R.E. program in 1991 with Officer Jenkins being the 1st Harrison Officer to attend the 2 week long Dare Officer School put on by the State of Ohio. Officer Jenkins was the Department's Dare Officer till 2001.
Officer Willig replaced Officer Jenkins in 2001 and is still the Departments Dare Officer to date.