Brown, along with fellow officers Dean Hodges and Carlos Jaen, congratulated students for completing the program whose mission it is to: “teach students good decision-making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives” and to create “A world in which students everywhere are empowered to respect others and choose to lead lives free from violence, substance abuse, and other dangerous behaviors.” Joining in the celebration were the children’s parents, their teacher Mrs. Wendy Hackney, and principal Dr. Neil Quinly.
D.A.R.E. is a collaborative effort of the essential components of a community; students, parents, schools, law enforcement and community leaders. D.A.R.E. places specially trained peace officers in classrooms to deliver sophisticated, science and evidence-based curricula teaching students good decision-making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives. Originally created to address illicit substance experimentation and abuse, D.A.R.E. has evolved into a comprehensive kindergarten-12th grade and community program addressing drugs, violence, bullying, internet safety, and other high risk circumstances that are a part of the daily life of students.SMCES is honored to partner with the Santa Monica Police Department to fulfill our mission to offer a holistic education, one in which each student develops his/her intellectual, emotional, social, physical, artistic, creative, and spiritual potential