MANCHESTER — Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard said he wants to re-institute a program similar to DARE in city schools, but not the traditional Drug Abuse Resistance Education program that the city jettisoned more than 10 years ago.Willard said he has been in touch with the New Jersey-based organization Law Enforcement Against Drugs (LEADS), which offers curriculum for grades K through 8 and high school. Although “Too Good for Drugs” would put police in schools to teach kids about drugs and bullying, it would also use teachers and guidance counselors to lead a 10-week course.That is a key difference from DARE, which relies on police officers exclusively.“There’s been some research within law enforcement that they didn’t find it (DARE) necessarily effective,” Willard said early this month. He said his department is preparing a PowerPoint presentation, and he hopes to present a proposal to school Superintendent Dr. Bolgen Vargas and Mayor Joyce Craig next month.In New Hampshire, 74 police agencies use DARE, according to New Hampshire State Police, the official coordinator of DARE programs in the state.“I don’t think there’s a competition (with LEADs). DARE still corners the market,” said trooper Richard Perreault, the DARE state coordinator in New Hampshire.But Perreault… Read full this story
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