The DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Program is a cooperative
effort between the Colchester Police Department and the Colchester
School District to provide relevant drug education to our youth in order
to prevent/reduce drug abuse within our community. The program's
emphasis is to help students recognize and resist the many pressures
that influence them to experiment with gateway drugs, tobacco, alcohol,
and marijuana as well as other dangerous substances. The program's
strategies focus on building self-esteem, interpersonal and
communications skills, decision making, and positive alternatives to
drug use behavior.
Educational lessons are conducted by specially trained Police Officers, and are broken into grade levels. Certified DARE instructors:
Corporal Jaime Bressler
Corporal Peter Hull
Officer Christian Mellen
Corporal Marc Jacobs
Officer Christian Mellen is the primary educator and Corporal Marc Jacobs is the primary school/community resource officer.