D.A.R.E. is a drug abuse resistance and awareness program designed for elementary school students beginning in the 5th grade. D.A.R.E. Officers will also conduct classroom visits to the lower grades on a request basis. The D.A.R.E. course is 16 weeks and has a graduation ceremony upon completion. The course covers issues relating to resist peer pressure, self esteem, consequences, the eight ways to say no, and how to resist gangs and violence.
D.A.R.E. Officers teach the D.A.R.E. program in all Gallup elementary schools. The Gallup Police Department D.A.R.E. program is involved in several out-of-the-classroom activities such as the annual D.A.R.E. day-camp and the Junior Police Academy. Our certified D.A.R.E. instructors are:
- Lieutenant Marinda Littlefield
- Patrolman First Class Kelvin Akeson
- Sergeant Melanie Padilla