Drug Czar McCaffrey to Keynote National D.A.R.E.

Drug Czar McCaffrey to Keynote National D.A.R.E.
Posted by FoM on July 08, 1999 at 12:44:22 PT
Conference; 4,500 Police Attend
Source: Excite News
WASHINGTON, D.C. White House Drug Czar Barry R. McCaffrey will give the keynote address at the 12th Annual National D.A.R.E. Officers Association Training Conference on Thursday, July 8.
McCaffrey will speak from 8:45 a.m.-9:15 a.m. before an anticipated crowd of 4,500 police officers at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center, 900 9th St. NW. Director McCaffrey and D.A.R.E. President and Founder, Glenn Levant will hold a media availability immediately afterwards.McCaffrey will offer strong praise for D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) both as a tool and as an important message to children about the positive role of police in the community. McCaffrey stated, "At the heart and soul of the National Drug Strategy is the belief that eliminating the drug problem begins with parents, teachers, clergy, community leaders and law enforcement, not with arresting our way out of the problem. While D.A.R.E. alone is not the panacea for drug abuse, combined with other intervention methods it builds a foundation upon which youth can stand firm in their decisions to reject drugs."D.A.R.E. has the support of the president and the administration because of its collaborative prevention effort involving teachers, parents, law enforcement and local officials. The program excels in resistance-training and is the largest school-based drug prevention program in the world. D.A.R.E. is an international program designed in 1983 to teach children, grades K-12, how to resist drugs and how to establish positive relationships with police officers and adults. D.A.R.E. officers and educators should be commended for their on-going commitment to helping our children make good decisions and avoid high-risk behaviors. D.A.R.E.'s grassroots approach reaches out to communities, urban and rural, big and small," according to McCaffrey."America's law enforcement officers play a vital role in policing our streets from the scourge of drugs," McCaffrey stated. "ONDCP seeks to foster programs that steer kids in the right direction before law enforcement intervention is needed. D.A.R.E. shows the important role officers can play in educating youth to help prevent them from turning to drugs and engaging in criminal activity." Contact: Office of National Drug Control Policy Nicole Harry or Bob Weiner, 202/395-6618 or B/W/R Public Relations Michele Shuman, 310/248-6160Remarks Scheduled at 8:45 a.m., Thursday, July 8, 1999Washington Convention Center;McCaffrey set to Offer Strong Praise for D.A.R.E.
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