About D.A.R.E.

Since 1983 D.A.R.E. has demonstrated leadership in the prevention of drug abuse.  Collaborative efforts among Law Enforcement, Education and Prevention Science have distinguished the D.A.R.E. program.  D.A.R.E.’s  keepin’ it REAL Elementary Curriculum continues this commitment to provide cutting edge instruction that prevents drug use by developing basic or core skills needed for safe and responsible choices.  These skills extend beyond drugs to health and mature choices in life.  Developing core academic and life skills, the curriculum furthers both educational and prevention goals.

D.A.R.E.’s keepin it REAL Elementary Curriculum is designed based on the Socio-Emotional Learning Theory (SEL).  SEL identifies fundamental, basic skills and developmental processes needed for healthy development including:

–        responsible decision makingself-awareness and management

–        understanding others

–        relationship and communication skills

–        handling responsibilities and challenges.

 D.A.R.E. America  2012


 Easton D.A.R.E.

Officer Mark Pastor has been a member of the Easton Police Department for 29 years.  He is a certified Police Instructor, Field Training Officer, D.A.R.E. Instructor, School Resource Officer and child safety seat technician.  Officer Mark is a Lead Mentor for the State of Connecticut D.A.R.E. Training Team.  He handles youth investigations and is the Advisor for the Easton Police Cadet Program. 

Officer Mark has instructed the D.A.R.E. Program in the Easton schools since 1990.  In fact, he is the longest instructing D.A.R.E. Officer in the State of Connecticut.  In that time, over 2500 students have been exposed to the D.A.R.E. Curriculum.  The D.A.R.E. Program is taught, by Officer Mark, as part of the fifth grade health curriculum assisted by the students’ homeroom teachers.  Numerous visitations are made to other grade levels throughout the school year.

For more information on any of these programs or to speak with Officer Mark, please call the police department at 203-268-4111 or Email Officer Mark.

Officer Mark
Officer Mark training new D.A.R.E. officers for the State of Connecticut


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