SALEM POLICE DEPARTMENT
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF POLICE ● 36 EAST CALHOUN STREET
SALEM, VIRGINIA 24153
TELEPHONE 540-375-3010 FAX 540-375-4015
Accredited by the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission
OFFICER HAMMOND firstname.lastname@example.org
The D.A.R.E. program educates students about the personal and social consequences of substance abuse and violence. The D.A.R.E. program in Salem schools is one of the most comprehensive in the Roanoke Valley. Our children become acquainted with “their” D.A.R.E. Officer in kindergarten class and receive classroom visitations through fourth grade. In 5th grade students receive classroom instruction from the new state-of-the-art D.A.R.E. curriculum. The curriculum also contains information and knowledge that correlates with Virginia’s Standards of Learning (SOL). Upon completion and graduation from the Elementary D.A.R.E. program Salem students receive additional D.A.R.E. instruction including classroom visitations at Andrew Lewis Middle School during their 6th and 8th grade years. The D.A.R.E. Middle School curriculum is also provided at Salem High School, typically during the student’s 10th grade year, as part of their health curriculum.
D.A.R.E.’s primary mission is to provide children with the information and skills needed to make safe / responsible decisions and to live drug and violence free lives. D.A,R,E. also establishes positive relationships between the students, law enforcement, teachers, parents, and the community. D.A.R.E. “humanizes” law enforcement officers and makes them approachable to our children. D.A.R.E. goes beyond traditional drug abuse and violence prevention programs. Salem Police Department D.A.R.E. officers go through an interview and selection process prior to an assignment within the City of Salem Schools. D.A.R.E. Officers receive specialized training in areas such as child development, classroom management, teaching techniques, and communication skills specifically designed for interaction with students, parents, and the educational community.