The D.A.R.E. Unit of Evergreen Park Police Department is comprised of three sworn officers. D.A.R.E., which stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education, is taught at Central Middle School, Most Holy Redeemer and Queen of Martyrs in Evergreen Park.
D.A.R.E. goes beyond traditional drug abuse and violence prevention programs. It gives children the skills needed to recognize and resist the pressures that cause them to experiment with drugs or become involved in gangs or violent activities.
D.A.R.E. is universally viewed as an internationally recognized model of community policing. The United States Department of Justice has identified how DARE benefits local communities:
D.A.R.E. “humanizes” the police; that is young people can begin to relate to officers as people
D.A.R.E. permits students to see officers in a helping role, not just an enforcement role
D.A.R.E. opens lines of communication between law enforcement and youth
D.A.R.E. opens dialogue between the school, police, and parents to deal with other issues