Dare programme begins again

Royal Cayman Islands Police Service Community Policing Officers recently began teaching Drug Abuse Resistance Education classes to year six students in government and private schools.

DARE is an international privately funded programme that provides students with the information and skills they need to lead a drug and violence free life. The 10-week course also gives students information on how to deal with peer pressure and stress, as well as helpful tips on how to resolve disagreements.

Six trained RCIPS instructors including Police Constables Harold Forte, Everton Spence, Andy Alexander, Fran General, Kafara Augustine, and Dave Ashurst are teaching this year’s classes in Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac. Commenting on the programme Senior Instructor PC Forte states, ‘DARE training will hopefully give children the skills they need to make the right choices when they are faced with issues such as drug abuse, peer pressure and violence.’

The DARE courses were initiated by the RCIPS in 2000 with assistance from the National Drug Council, the Education Department and various local sponsors.