Project D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a nationally recognized program in which law enforcement officers interact with sixth grade Keith Valley Middle School students weekly in the classroom for an entire semester, teaching children effective methods to resist peer pressure and other sources of temptation to use or experiment with drugs and alcohol.
In addition to classroom teaching, the DARE partnership between the Police Department and participating schools utilizes parents and the community in preventing student substance abuse through image enhancement and skill development in resisting drugs and alcohol. At the conclusion of the program, students participate in an essay/poem contest entitled "About DARE." Winners are awarded and every DARE graduate receives a DARE T-shirt.
The Police Department has obtained a special state grant that reimburses much of the Township's DARE-related costs for officers' salaries and the supplies supporting the program.