Mayor Donald L. Plusquellic


1. Briefly describe the structure of your program.

The Akron Police D.A.R.E. program follows the guidelines set up by the National D.A.R.E. Officers Association and D.A.R.E. America. Currently our program consists of five (5) police officers assigned full time to the program. These five officers present the 17 week, core curriculum, to the fifth grade students in the 41 elementary schools within the Akron Public School System. This year these officers will touch the lives of over 2,000 students through this fifth grade program. Our D.A.R.E. officers are not only there for the fifth graders, but are a resource for the entire school, making themselves available to any teacher who asks.

2. When was the program created and why?

The Akron Police Department sent its first officer for D.A.R.E. training in 1989. The Akron Police and Akron Public Schools felt a need to take action in preventing drug use by the children of Akron. Once the city and the schools were convinced that the program was reaching students, it was expanded and has continued to grow.

3. How do you measure the programís effectiveness?

Our program is evaluated through feedback from students, parents and educators. We also look at and participate in studies conducted within the state.

4. How is the program financed?

The D.A.R.E. program is financed by the City of Akron and the Akron Police Department. We also receive funds from the Ohio State Attorney Generalís Office through fine moneys and license reinstatement fees. There are also funds available from the Summit County Prosecutor's Office and a grant from the Ohio D.A.R.E. Association.

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

The D.A.R.E. officers include parents as an important part of the program. In the past, certain schools did not have D.A.R.E. due to man power limits. When parents would find out that the program was not available to their child, calls would come in to both the police department and the school board asking why. Our department does not allow solicitation from local businesses.

6. Contact Person:

Det. Ben Surblis, Akron Police, Community Relations/D.A.R.E. , 217 S. High St., Akron,

OH 44308, (330) 375-2390, FAX (330) 375-2412.

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