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East Haven Police: D.A.R.E. Program Returns to Schools in October

Dave Torello, a 19-year veteran of the East Haven Police Department, has been named the town's new D.A.R.E. officer.

The following is a press release submitted by the .

The D.A.R.E. Program is returning to for the 2012-2013 school year, beginning in October!

The D.A.R.E. Mission

D.A.R.E.’s primary mission is to provide children with the information and skills they need to live drug-and-violence-free lives.

The mission is to equip kids with the tools that will enable them to avoid negative influences and instead, allow them to focus on their strengths and potential, and that’s exactly what D.A.R.E. is designed to do.

Additionally, it establishes positive relationships between students and law enforcement, teachers, parents, and other community leaders. 

Every youngster should have the opportunity to grow-up healthy, safe, secure, and equipped with the skills needed to succeed in life.

Contemporary America, however, is rampant with challenges that could keep children from a positive life path.

East Haven Police D.A.R.E. Officer

Officer Dave Torello (Officer Dave) has recently completed the D.A.R.E. Officer Training Program. 

Officer Torello is a veteran of 19 years on the East Haven P.D. and has been a patrol officer during that time. 

Also, along with his certification as a D.A.R.E. Officer, Officer Torello holds a certification as a School Resource Officer (S.R.O.). 

East Haven D.A.R.E. Curriculum

D.A.R.E. will be taught to grades K-5 in the public and private schools in East Haven. The D.A.R.E. curricula for 5th grade Elementary School focus u pon the abuse of gateway drugs (tobacco, alcohol, marijuana and inhalants).

The program offers a preventive strategy to enhance protective factors — especially bonding to family, school and community — which research has shown to foster development of resiliency in students who may be at risk for substance abuse or other problem behaviors.

The program employs the use of the D.A.R.E. decision making model in which students are provided skills to use in developing and assessing choices they make in life.

The emphasis of the lessons of the K-4 Visitation Program is to assist the D.A.R.E.

Officers in educating children to help them keep safe, drug-free, and violence-free, and to teach them to recognize, avoid, and report situations which may endanger their personal health and safety.

East Haven Police Department is proud to have the D.A.R.E. Program return to 
East Haven Schools.

Officer Torello is excited to begin teaching the D.A.R.E. Program to the children of East Haven and to continue building good relationships with our youth. 

Robert D. Hoff - Working for a better East Haven September 10, 2012 at 04:55 PM
This is a great program for the children of East Haven and I am happy to see it's return. I would like to ask however,what is the school system offering the midddle school and older students who so often fall into the peer pressure trap and experiment with drugs and alchohol even though they particiapated in the Dare program at a younger age?
Flowers September 10, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Returning this program shows the desire to do something to deter drug use and other sorts of crime, however if you review the studies done on this program over the past years they all seem to conclude that the program doesn't work.
Robert D. Hoff - Working for a better East Haven September 10, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Flowers,...Listening to what you are saying here I get the feeling that you feel this is a step in the right direction but doesn't go far enough? What do you as a resident feel should be tried?
Flowers September 10, 2012 at 11:54 PM
I really don't know much about this program but I believe it tells kid about the dangers and consequences of drug use. A noble effort. Some post program testing indicates that this just perks interest in drugs. This same testing indicates that kids who attend these programs show higher subsequent drug use then those who don't. It is frustrating.
cheryl September 11, 2012 at 12:31 AM
i feel my 4 kids benefited from this program..we talked about drugs at home while they were in the program in school and my kids told me how much it made them see that drugs and the consequences of using drugs def was not for them,,and they loved officer nick and officer mike , these guys really got the mess to my kids, but parents need to be on board at home , this program doesnt work by itself ,glad its back
donna September 11, 2012 at 10:57 AM
Didn't work for my kids ;( needs every grade after 5th and not just a t - shirt after completion. Maybe the program has been revised with better education. Parents do the best we can, frustrating it is so widespread.
Michelle Petroccio September 11, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Two out of my four children benefited greatly from the D.A.R.E. Program, and they are in the high school as a Freshman and a Senior this year. It is very exciting to see the program coming back into our schools, but I do find it frustrating that it was missing for so long. The students who missed the program are now in the 7th and 8th grades, and they need it too! It may not work for everyone, but if a program like D.A.R.E. saves the lives and futures of 10 out of 100 kids or greater, it was well worth the efforts. Officer Torello is a fine officer, and humanitarian, I wish him the very best of luck and success teaching the program!

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