Tennessee D.A.R.E. Officers Association


D.A.R.E. Officer Training


TO:                 All Sheriff’s and Chief’s of Police      

FROM:            Sergeant Scott E Staggs

                        Supervisor, D.A.R.E. Unit

                        Tennessee Highway Patrol


DATE:     February 6, 2014


            The Tennessee Highway Patrol is conducting its 49th D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Training Seminar June 01 - 13, 2014 at the Natchez Trace State Park in Lexington, TN, Pin Oak Lodge.

             This seminar is an intense 80+ hour course requiring on-site lodging.  D.A.R.E. has updated and revised its curricula and its training to meet the needs of today’s school-based law enforcement environment.  Upon successful completion of the course, each officer will be certified in both the D.A.R.E. Elementary School Curriculum and the D.A.R.E. Middle School Curriculum as well as having been trained in the S.R.O. curriculum.  This training will be P.O.S.T. approved. The following minimum qualifications should be considered when making your selection for candidates to attend this training:

             a.         Must be P.O.S.T. certified in the state in which he/she will teach D.A.R.E.

            b.         Must have at least two (2) years experience as a full-time sworn law   enforcement                          officer and must fully meet the statutory requirements by law.

            c.         Must not have a history of drug abuse.

            d.         Preferably a non-user of alcohol or tobacco products.

            e.         Demonstrate the ability to relate to children.

            f.          Have oral and written communication skills that are adaptable to age-specific audiences.

            g.         Ability to organize.

            h.         Responsiveness to instruction.

            i.          Ability to develop interpersonal relationships.

            j.          One who refrains from sexual, racial, stereotyping or insensitive remarks.

            k.         Be committed to the faithful replication of the program model.

            l.          Have demonstrated attention to neatness and detail in personal appearance.

            m.        Have demonstrated a desire to participate in the D.A.R.E. Program and to be involved in             drug abuse prevention activity and school-based activities.

             All officers are required to present the entire D.A.R.E. Curriculum in at least one (1) elementary or middle school during the fall/spring semester of the 2014-15 school year.

            There are 16 positions available in this training. All departments will be responsible for travel, lodging and meals for your officer attending this training. The sleeping rooms will be $67.00 per night weeknights and $70.00 per night on weekend nights. You will be responsible for making your hotel arrangements with the Pin Oak Lodge; http://state.tn.us/environment/parks/NatchezTrace/ All training positions are filled according to the date qualified applications are received in this office.  The T.H.P. D.A.R.E. Unit cannot promise positions will be available nor can any training positions be held for individual departments or officers without a completed application package.  The deadline for receiving applications for this training seminar is May 12, 2014.

            If you have an officer or officers meeting these qualifications, and are interested in beginning or expanding D.A.R.E. in your community, please go to, http://www.state.tn.us/safety/d.a.r.e/forms.htm,  download and complete the proper forms (School Agreement and Application-D.O.T.), and fax 615.532.3606 or return them to:

                                                Tennessee Highway Patrol D.A.R.E. Unit

                                                TDOS Training Center

                                                283 Stewarts Ferry Pike­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

                                                Nashville, Tennessee  37214.

             If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the D.A.R.E. Office at 615.232.2912 or at  scott.staggs@tn.gov Thank you for your interest in D.A.R.E. and the future of our children.




Board of Directors

Bruce Alexander, President

Maurice "Moose" Solomon, East Region Vice President

Sheree Robertson, Middle Region Vice President

Dustin Jaco, West Region Vice President

Scott Staggs, DARE State Coordinator

Becky Keith, Secretary

Chrystal Templeton, Treasurer

Ted Byrd, Chaplain

Darrell Hannah, Sergeant-at-Arms

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