In September of 1992 the Colonie Police Department in cooperation with the Town’s two school districts and representatives of various private and parochial schools inaugurated the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Program. D.A.R.E. provides the children of our community with the skills needed to deal with the dangers of drug abuse, alcohol abuse and violence. It also provides them with the guidance they need to make the right decisions for their health and future. D.A.R.E. is targeted for school children in the fifth and sixth grades.
This unit, now in its twenty-third full year of operation includes three fully trained D.A.R.E. officers: Officer Sean McGee, Officer Rebecca Ruecker and Officer David Mink.
Annually, these officers present D.A.R.E. programs to approximately 2,500 students in the fifth, sixth and eighth grades in 18 schools and in 82 individual classrooms. Presentations and visitations to the kindergarten through fourth grade classrooms in 11 schools continue, which enable the officers to interact with an additional 4,500 children. This interaction provides students with safety skills for use at both home and school. A high school program for the ninth through twelfth grades was developed to reduce the use and abuse of alcohol and drugs among our community’s high school students. Students discuss the risks and consequences of underage drinking, experience hands-on demonstrations using fatal vision goggles and the risks and consequences of drinking, driving and riding with intoxicated drivers. In 2013, this program was presented to approximately 1,500 high school students in 55 classrooms.
In addition to the K-12 buildings, our officers also visit with many of our pre-kindergarten child care centers throughout the Town of Colonie talking with them about safety and letting them know that officers are their friends.
To help further our anti-drug programs our police department has instituted the “TARGET” Program (Teenage Alcohol Related Gathering Enforcement Team). This program is designed to reduce the use of alcohol among our community’s youth.
Annual D.A.R.E. Golf Tournament
The Annual D.A.R.E. Golf Tournament not only provides an enjoyable day of friendship at Schuyler Meadows Club but also serves as a great fundraiser for the D.A.R.E. Program as businesses in the community assume the role as sponsors.
For more information about the D.A.R.E. Program in Colonie, please contact the Community Services Office at 782-2262.