The D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Program) was first started by the Los Angeles Police Department. The program was designed to put a uniformed police officer in the schools as a role model to teach sixth grade students skills to resist using drugs and to avoid violence to solve disputes. It showed the youth of the community that the police are approachable and not just enforcers of the law.
Our D.A.R.E program was started by Officer Richard Evertsen when community-oriented policing and drug abuse education was just in its early stages. Officer Evertsen attended the first Utah D.A.R.E. training academy and was the very first D.A.R.E. officer in Davis County.
The D.A.R.E program, currently taught by Officer Justin Stanford, is a very important aspect of the community-oriented policing goal of the Kaysville Police Department.