Mayor Patrick Henry Hays


1. Briefly describe the structure of your program.

The NLRPD D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Program is a seventeen(17) week interactive drug and violence prevention program taught to fifth grade students in the cityís public elementary schools. At this time, three (3) highly skilled and specially trained officers go into the 5th grade classroom and teach a seventeen lesson structured curriculum to approximately 1000 students. The D.A.R.E. Curriculum covers important topics such as alcohol and drug resistance, violence prevention, critical thinking and decision making, and interpersonal skills. At the end of the program, students meeting the criteria set forth by D.A.R.E. America, (Approximately 98% in the NLRPD program) participate in a graduation ceremony attended by parents, teachers and peers to celebrate their commitment to stay drug and violence free. Other fun activities like an essay contest, and "D.A.R.E. Days" at a local water park encourage the students. The NLRPD D.A.R.E. Program has been acknowledged by President Bill Clinton and Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Winthrop Rockefeller for its excellent service to the students of North Little Rock.

2. When was the program created and why?

The NLRPD D.A.R.E. Program was created during the 1991-92 school year as part of a nationwide response to societyís call to prevent alcohol and drug use and violence among our young people.

 3. How do you measure the programís effectiveness?

The NLRPD D.A.R.E. Programís effectiveness has been measured by survey, parent, teacher, student, and school administrator response.

4. How is the program financed?

The NLRPD D.A.R.E. Program is funded exclusively by the North Little Rock Police Department and the occasional private donor.

5. How is the community involved in the program, if at all? How has the community responded to the program?

The community is involved in D.A.R.E. through such activities as "D.A.R.E. Day at Wild River Country," "Drug Free Nights at Ray Winder Field", and the class graduation ceremonies. Members of the community have responded to the D.A.R.E. Program and itsí implementation by volunteering goods, services, donations or publicity. Many local businesses display D.A.R.E. stickers or posters.

6. Contact person:

Lieutenant Phil Mask

Training & Crime Prevention Unit Commander

North Little Rock Police Department

200 West Pershing Blvd.

North Little Rock, Arkansas 72114

(501) 771-7190

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