Drug Abuse Resistance Education

D.A.R.E. is a program taught by an officer to educate pre-teens about the dangers of commonly abused drugs such as tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, inhalants, and about peer pressure that comes along with these drugs.  D.A.R.E. also educates kids about the effects of bullying and gives them the skills to face bullying situations.

The D.A.R.E. Program was established in the early 1980’s by the Los Angeles Police Department.  Washington County Sheriff Office began teaching D.A.R.E. in the late 80’s in a joint effort with the Washington County Department of Education in the schools, to be proactive on children about drug abuse.  D.A.R.E. is successfully taught all over the United States and in more than fifty-four countries worldwide.

Washington County 5th grade students participate in a ten week program, and then they are recognized at a D.A.R.E. Graduation they each receive a certificate of achievement for their dedication and commitment to be drug free.

Washington County has more than 700 D.A.R.E. Graduates each year.  The department currently has two Deputies who teach D.A.R.E. in the county.  Deputy Debra Barkley is responsible for teaching nine schools while also making classroom visits on safety with elementary grade levels.  Deputy Mitzie Miller is responsible for teaching one school which she is assigned as the School Resource Officer.


Officer Debra BarkleyOfficer Mitzie Miller

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