The D.A.R.E. program was founded in 1983 by Los Angeles Police Department. Today, more than 15,000 D.A.R.E. officers and deputies in over 10,000 communities nationwide are educating our youth and serving as the first line of defense in our schools. The information given to students is science-based, age appropriate, and written by a national panel of curriculum and prevention experts. The D.A.R.E.currciula meets the core educational standards of health, language arts, and math. D.A.R.E. also meets the needs of the community and the schools as it relates to "bullying" and drugs. The D.A.R.E. curriculum is comprised of 10 lessons, designed to be taught in 45 to 60 minute blocks based on the school's scheduling availability.
Officer Bryan Beringer, the Vermillion Police Deparment's SRO, was trained in the D.A.R.E. program and teaches the curriculum to the 5th and 6th grade students in Vermillion, along with SRO Deputy Paul Pederson of the Clay County Sheriff's Office. SRO Cole and SRO Pederson start the D.A.R.E. lessons in January each year.