D.A.R.E.'s primary mission is to provide children with the information and skills they need to live drug-and-violence-free lives.

The mission is to equip kids with the tools that will enable them to avoid negative influences and instead, allow them to focus on their strengths and potential.

And, that's exactly what D.A.R.E. is designed to do. Additionally, it establishes positive relationships between students and law enforcement, teachers, parents, and other community leaders.

Every youngster should have the opportunity to grow-up healthy, safe, secure, and equipped with the skills needed to succeed in life.

Contemporary America, however, is rampant with challenges that could keep children from a positive life path.

D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) was founded in 1983 in Los Angeles and has proven so successful that it is now being implemented in 75 percent of our nation's school districts and in more than 43 countries around the world.

D.A.R.E. is a collaborative program in which local law enforcement and local schools join together to educate students about the personal and social consequences of substance abuse and violence.

The D.A.R.E. curriculum has undergone multiple revisions as research findings increased knowledge of effective substance abuse prevention among school-aged youth.

The Raritan Borough Police Department proudly provides the D.A.R.E. program to the 5th grade students of St. Ann School. Our D.A.R.E. officers are Sgt. Raymond Nolte and Off. Kathleen Sausa.