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.