Drug Abuse Resistance Education
Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) is a City of Los Angeles Government substance abuse prevention education program that seeks to prevent use of controlled drugs, membership in gangs, and violent behavior. It was founded in Los Angeles in 1983 as a joint initiative of then- LAPD chief Daryl Gates and the Los Angeles for Unified School District as a demand-side drug control strategy of the American War on Drugs. After discussions between Chief Gates and Columbus Ohio Police Department's Chief Dwight Joseph, Chief Joseph thought it would be an excellent program for Columbus Area  Schools. Chief Gates then sent two L.A.P.D Officers to train several C.P.D Officers. The Columbus Ohio Police Department's D.A.R.E. Unit was formed in 1988 and was disbanded in 2003 by Chief James Jackson who succeeded Chief Joseph.  Jackson also disbanded Hot Pursuit in 2001. (last group photo) In the Columbus Public Schools along with the Catholic Diocese Schools, the program lasted 17 weeks and was taught to 5th graders and 6th graders. At the end of the 17 week curriculum, the graduates were treated to a concert given by Hot Pursuit. Some of the venues the concert were presented at were O.S.U.'s St. Johns Arena, The RKO Palace and Veterans Memorial. Two concerts during a school year were given to some 10,000 kids. Local area celebrities such as Angela Pace would sometimes introduce the band to the newly graduated D.A.R.E. students. Ms. Pace was also a guest speaker at several  of the D.A.R.E. graduations that each individual school held at the completion of the program. During the concert, Hot Pursuit would perform several original written D.A.R.E. songs that were taught by the D.A.R.E. Officers in the classroom celebrating a drug free life. The D.A.R.E. Officers either sang or played instruments on these recordings. Presented here for the first time are all the original D.A.R.E. songs that were sung by thousands of 10 and 11 year olds during the concerts and their classrooms learning to be drug free.
Watch a D.A.R.E. Rehearsal
Watch a D.A.R.E. Graduation
Watch a D.A.R.E. Concert
D.A.R.E. Songs
Listen to Angela Pace’s Rap
A D.A.R.E. Story