Community Policing


DARE is a series of lessons that focuses on a DARE decision-making model which allows children to make healthy and wise decisions. We talk about the health effects and facts about tobacco use. The students write their own warning label associated with tobacco use (Surgeon General's Warning). We also talk about health effects and facts about Marijuana and Alcohol abuse in our society. We also discuss the necessary foundations and qualities for a good friendship. Peer pressure plays a major role in the decisions our children make and I focus on the ways children can open a dialogue with the pressuring person to make a healthier choice. There are several ways to Stay out of a Risky Situation and Getting out of a Risky Situation. The children are guided through a series of Situations in which they discuss their DARE decision making process.

D.A.R.E. is Community Policing

D.A.R.E. is universally viewed as an internationally recognized model of community policing. The United States Department of Justice has identified how D.A.R.E. benefits local communities:

D.A.R.E. "humanizes" the police: that is, young people can begin to relate to officers as people

D.A.R.E. permits students to see officers in a helping role, not just an enforcement role

D.A.R.E. opens lines of communication between law enforcement and youth

D.A.R.E. Officers can serve as conduits to provide information beyond drug-related topics

D.A.R.E. opens dialogue between the school, police, and parents to deal with other issues

Police Athletic league (PAL)

The Police Athletic League (PAL) is a recreation oriented juvenile crime prevention program that relies heavily
on athletics and recreational activities to tighten the bond between police officers and kids in the community.
First incorporated in the early 1930's, the PAL has a long history of developing bonds between cops and kids.

The Police Athletic League is based on the belief that children, if reached early enough, can develop a strong,
positive, attitude towards police officers in their journey through life towards the goal of adulthood and

A PAL program brings youngsters under the supervision and constructive influence of a responsible law
enforcement agency and expands public awareness about the role of a police officer. That role is the positive
reinforcement and support of the responsible values and attitudes instilled in young people by their parents.

Contact Information
430 Park Ave.
Scotch Plains, NJ  07076

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Non-Emergency: 908-322-7100