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D.A.R.E. is an acronym standing for Drug Abuse Resistance Education

Started in 1983 as a joint effort of the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Unified School District - Came to Iowa in 1987 - Came to Dubuque County in 1989.

The structured series of 10 lessons, taught by a trained uniformed officer, which focus on Decision-Making as well as avoiding violence, is presently taught at the 5th/6th grade level. A companion program, KEEPIN’ IT REAL, is taught at the 8th grade level.

A program for Kindergarten through 4th grade that is going to be implemented for the first time in the fall of 2012.

DARE is presently taught at the following Dubuque County Schools:

  • St. Francis Xavier – Dyersville
  • Hennessy Catholic Schools – New Vienna/Petersburg
  • LaSalle Catholic Schools – Holy Cross
  • Sageville Elementary School
  • Drexler Intermediate/Middle School – Farley
  • Beckman Junior High School - Dyersville
  • St. Paul Catholic School – Worthington
  • Cascade Junior High School
  • Aquin Catholic School – Cascade

In Dubuque County:
Approximately 7,500 students have received the Core (5th/6th) Curriculum
Approximately 5,500 students have received the Junior High Curriculum


Sergeant Dick Cruse & Deputy Sara Jenaman

Retired Sgt. Dick Cruse:
Began his Law Enforcement Career in 1968 and joined the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office October 1, 1971 as a Patrol Deputy. Was promoted to Sgt in 1976 and then served as Shift Commander until he became a DARE Officer in May of 1989. Retired from full-time work in 2002 but has continued as DARE Officer on a part-time basis.
His hobbies include music, travel, reading, sports and golf.

Deputy Sara Jenaman:
Graduated from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in April 2004. She has been working as a full-time deputy in the jail since June 2005. She graduated from DARE Officer Training in October 2010 and has been teaching DARE since.

Beginning July 1st 2012 Deputy Sara Jenaman will be doing DARE/SRO (School Resource Officer) on a full time basis.

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