BALTIMORE, MD, December 16, 2010 – Twenty-four sixth grade students at Hampden Elementary/Middle School #55 celebrated the Culmination of their ten-week Drug Abuse Resistance Education program with Councilwoman Mary Pat Clark.
State D.A.R.E. Coordinator’s Office
The Maryland D.A.R.E. Training Center conducted it’s 25th D.A.R.E. Officer Training
program September 12-24, 2010 at the Public Safety Education and Training Center.
Twenty-four officers completed the grueling two-week certification course to become the
nation’s newest Drug Abuse Resistance Education instructors. Of the 24 graduates, 13
represented Maryland law enforcement agencies and 11 were from out-of-state including
Connecticut, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia,
and Wisconsin, as well as the U.S. Army. Maryland agencies new to the program this
year are Morgan State University Police, New Carrollton Police, and the Maryland Army
National Guard (Counter Drug Taskforce)
These new D.A.R.E. Instructors are certified to deliver programs at the K-4, Elementary
and Middle School level, as well as a selection of Enhancement Lessons on Bullying,
Gangs, Internet Safety, Cyber-bullying, Rx/OTC drugs, and other violence issues.
2010 Maryland D.A.R.E. Executive Summary Report
Mr. Claude Nelson honored with the 2009 Daryl F Gates Lifetime Achievement Award
TOWSON, MD (August 3, 2009)--- The Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions
of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services announced today that Mr. Claude
Nelson has been honored with the “2009 Daryl F Gates Lifetime Achievement Award” from
D.A.R.E. America for “dedication and outstanding service on behalf of the D.A.R.E. (Drug
Abuse Resistance Education) program and this nation’s children serving as a model for others.”
The award was presented on July 23, 2009 at the 22nd D.A.R.E. International Training
Conference in Orlando, Florida.
The award is named after its first recipient and founder of the D.A.R.E. program, former Los
Angeles Police Chief Daryl F. Gates. For the first time since its inception in 1989, retired Chief
Gates was on hand to present the award, making this award a truly overwhelming and humble
experience, according to Mr. Nelson.
Mr. Nelson, a retired police officer from the Baltimore County Police Department, is now the
State D.A.R.E. Coordinator whose office is part of the Maryland Police and Correctional Training
Commissions. He began his D.A.R.E. career in 1986 when Baltimore County first brought the
program to Maryland. One of the original five D.A.R.E. officers, pioneers as Chief Gates
boasted, in the State, Mr. Nelson continues to teach D.A.R.E. curricula to this day to students at
Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Towson.
Besides the almost twelve-thousand students and parents he has taught in his 23 years in
D.A.R.E., he has also trained over one thousand police officers for their D.A.R.E certification.
His training experience reaches well beyond Maryland where he has been training since 1990.
He has provided his training expertise in many other states and countries around the world in
the name of helping children stay drug and violence free.
Drug Abuse Resistance Education is a prevention education program delivered by uniformed
law enforcement officers in partnership with schools and other youth venues. The goal is to
provide children with accurate information and the skills necessary to make healthy and
informed decisions, recognize pressures to engage in negative behaviors, and demonstrate
positive responses and behaviors.
Read Mr. Nelson's acceptance remarks.
Maryland boasts three recipients of the Daryl F. Gates Lifetime Achievement Award, D.A.R.E. America’s top honor given annually.
The third is Mr. Claude Nelson (above) for 2009. State D.A.R.E. Coordinator for Maryland, MPCTC. D.A.R.E. Officer since 1986
The second is Officer George Stephens for 2007, Montgomery County Police and Senior Mentor for the Maryland D.A.R.E. Training Center.
D.A.R.E. Officer since 1996.
The first is Sgt. Gary Chatfield for 2004, Maryland State Police (ret.), former State D.A.R.E. Coordinator for Maryland (ret.). D.A.R.E. Officer 1989 - 2004
2007 Scholarship Winner Andrea Miller presented with $20,000 check by Executive Director Frank Pegueros and President Charlie Parsons.
Group photo of most of the D.A.R.E. presentors. Participating D.A.R.E agencies were: State Coordinator's Office, Baltimore Police, MD Army National Guard, MD Dept. of
General Services Police, Baltimore County Police, Montgomery County Police, Cambridge Police, Prince George's County Sheriff, Calvert County Sheriff, and Charles
D.A.R.E to Make a Come Back
D.A.R.E. Statewide Clothing Recycling Program
Contact: Audrey Traff
National Sheriffs' Association Resolution In Support Of The
Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.)
On Saturday Oct. 8, 2005 the Maryland Science Center located at Baltimore's Inner Harbor hosted Maryland .D.A.R.E. for an afternoon exposition of program related
activities for visitors as part of the Center's Body Links exhibit. Approximately 500 children and adults participated in several activies presented by D.A.R.E. Officers that
demonstrated health related consequences of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs on the human systems. The Maryland D.A.R.E. Officer's Assoc. displayed D.A.R.E. cars in
front of the entrance, and Daren interacted with visitors to the exhibit. All the children and many of the adults signed a giant D.A.R.E. Pledge to remain drug free.
A hands on demonstration of smoking effects on the lungs using Lou-Wheeze Lungs.
A craft activity where children designed their own anti-drug Tee-shirt, and colored in McGruff activity books with supervision from Daren.
D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a drug abuse and violence prevention program that uses uniformed police officers to present information to children
in the classroom environment providing resistance skills and building resiliency. D.A.R.E. is a community based program that links law enforcement, schools and parents in
a partnership for children.
The D.A.R.E. program was started by a group of Los Angeles police officers and schoolteachers that were concerned because kids were taking drugs. These drugs were
destroying kids' lives. The police officers and schoolteachers joined forces and launched D.A.R.E. to teach kids about the dangers of drugs and violence, and how to protect
themselves from it.
The police wanted to steer kids away from dangerous drugs and help them make smart choices, like playing sports and starting hobbies instead of using drugs and hanging
out on the streets.
D.A.R.E. was born in Los Angeles, California in 1983 and now is taught in all 50 states in the U.S., as well as in 53 countries. All in all, the D.A.R.E. program will reach 50
million children around the world this year alone.
D.A.R.E. State Office
State D.A.R.E. Coordinator's Office Staff
Left to Right: Claude J. Nelson Jr. (left) (410-875-3426), State D.A.R.E. Coordinator; Anne Thacker (410-875-3429), Regional Coordinator; Beth Chatfield (410-677-4540),
Educational Advisor; Michael Palmer (410-875-3429), Youth Crime Prevention Specialist.
Download our new, updated tri-fold brochure.
D.A.R.E. Brochure (pdf)
Games and information links to keep kids up to date on all the reasons to stay drug free.
"Get it Straight" The Facts about Drugs
Providing D.A.R.E. Officers with information about current events and aids in the communication with the over 170 other officers.
Maryland D.A.R.E. Officers Association
Parents are the most important factor in a child's resistance to drug abuse. DARE to get involved with your kids health and get the information here.
Child Sex Offender Registry
Drug Enforcement Administration
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Drug Facts, Statistics and Resources
An important aspect of effective prevention is the partnership of the teacher and the officer in the classroom. Here you will find information relevant to how D.A.R.E. ties into
health education and the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program.
keepin' it Real
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