Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.)

Originally developed in 1983, Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) is a program presented to elementary school students and is aimed at preventing the use of controlled substances, membership in gangs, and violent behavior. The subject matter in the program is taught by sworn police officers during regular school hours in a lecture presentation format using PowerPoint, videos, and demonstrations.

The Irvine Police Department D.A.R.E. Unit fosters the curriculum used by D.A.R.E. America. The unit is responsible for maintaining strong relationships with school staff and administrators and provides the students with the specific tools and techniques to resist peer pressure and individual involvement in:

  • Gangs
  • Criminal activity
  • Drug abuse
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Internet safety

Additional resources and information about the D.A.R.E. program can be found at www.dare.org.

What is a D.A.R.E. Officer?

The Irvine Police D.A.R.E. Officers are selected members of the Department who are given no less than 80 hours of special training in the subjects of child development, classroom management, teaching techniques, and communications skills. Coupled with their experience in the field, D.A.R.E. Officers use their training to provide students education in areas such as:

  • Skills to recognize and resist peer pressure
  • Enhancement of self-esteem
  • Assertiveness techniques
  • Alternatives to substance use
  • Anger management and conflict resolution skills
  • Risk assessment and decision making skills
  • How to reduce and prevent violence
  • Interpersonal communication skills

Who are my Irvine Police D.A.R.E. officers?

The unit is commanded by a Police Lieutenant and comprised of one Police Sergeant who oversees four sworn D.A.R.E. Police Officers and one non-sworn Public Safety Assistant.

If you would like to contact someone in D.A.R.E., please call 949-724-7000 or send a message by e-mail by clicking on their name:

Lieutenant Cathy Scherer | 949-724-7117

Sergeant Tim Petropulos | 949-724-7015

D.A.R.E Officer Hillary Ahluwalia | 949-724-7185

  • Westpark
  • Springbrook
  • Stone Creek
  • Turtle Rock
  • Greentree
  • University Park
  • Culverdale

VACANT | 949-724-7252

  • Alderwood
  • Bonita Canyon
  • Cypress Village
  • Deerfield
  • Meadow Park
  • Oak Creek
  • Santiago Hills
  • Woodbury

D.A.R.E Officer Alex Mendoza | 949-724-7317

  • Beacon Park
  • Cadence Park
  • Eastwood
  • Loma Ridge
  • Portola Springs
  • Stonegate
  • Tarbut V' Torah
  • Vista Verde

D.A.R.E Officer Rafaelo Papale | 949-724-7186

  • Brywood
  • Canyon View
  • College Park
  • Eastshore
  • Hicks Canyon
  • Myford
  • Northwood
  • Orchard Hills
  • Plaza Vista