The Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office implemented the D.A.R.E. program in 1989 with two officers. Today, the D.A.R.E. division consists of a D.A.R.E. coordinator, two full time and two part time instructors. These officers teach at 22 schools in 9 school districts and graduate approximately 850 students from the program each year. In addition to their regular teaching duties, D.A.R.E. instructors also routinely speak to various community groups and organizations about drug awareness and other related topics.
The Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Program is a cooperative effort between the school district, the community, and law enforcement. The D.A.R.E. core curriculum consists of 17 lessons that teach 5th grade students to identify and resist the pressures to try drugs and alcohol. The D.A.R.E. Program also teaches students how violence and violent acts affect the entire community. Furthermore, D.A.R.E. teaches students about choices, consequences, and self esteem. In addition to the 5th grade core lesson, D.A.R.E. Instructors also teach similar programs to kindergarten through 4th grade dealing with personal safety and drug awareness. Numerous two week D.A.R.E. courses are also taught in the high schools that deal with the law, drug education, and anger management. These courses are taught to over 1000 high school students each year.
D.A.R.E. summer camp is held in August of each year. It consists of a week of activities for 62 kids involving camping with a heavy dose of self esteem building activities, as well as drug and violence education.
The LCSO's current D.A.R.E Coordinator is Deputy James Turpin (406) 447-8235, option 1.