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The Village of Harwood Heights - Established 1947

Main Phone Number - 708-867-7200
Sun March 24, 2019
A small town of big opportunities.

Our New D.A.R.E Officer Michael Latino
Drug Abuse Resistance Education

The D.A.R.E. program was first conceived by the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Unified School District in 1983. What started modestly is now taught in 75% of the School Districts and 47 countries around the world. 25 million students in the United States and 33 million world wide will benefit from from the program and give the children the skills they need to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs, or violence.

Our D.A.R.E program has been in effect since 1989 with Officer Dan Tyrpak heading the program.. To date over 500 students have graduated from the program that educates the fifth grade and Jr. High School age groups. Each year we add more to the list who have learned how to say no to drugs, gangs and violence.

I am sure that many of you have heard about the D.A.R.E. program but a surprising number of people really don't know what it actually is. Briefly it is an Officer-led, in-classroom anti-drug, anti-gang, anti-violence program for school children around the world. Its mission is to provide children with the information and skills needed to live drug-and-violence-free lives. In addition, it establishes a positive relationships between the students and law enforcement, teachers, parents, and other community leaders. Each D.A.R.E. officer receives 80 hours of special training so they will be equipped with all the tools needed to teach a course in drug resistance and violence avoidance techniques.

As you will see when you visit the D.A.R.E. home page you will find that the lessons focus on:

  • Providing accurate information about alcohol and drugs
  • Teaching students decision-making skills
  • Showing them how to resist peer pressure
  • Giving them ideas for alternatives to drug use, violence and drugs

Important information on substance abuse can be found at these web pages:

If you are interested in other matters dealing with the Juvenile Justice System you can also check out this web site:

If you have any questions you can contact Officer Palazzo by calling (708) 867-4353, or by e-mailing him at latinom@harwooheights.org