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In 1983, it was apparent that stopping the supply and abuse of illegal drugs was a nearly impossible task. Children were becoming involved in the drug culture at earlier ages and in greater numbers than ever before. In order to educate elementary school age children to the consequences of drug abuse, the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Unified School District combined forces to develop a drug abuse prevention program entitled Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.).


The D.A.R.E. pilot program in Brown County was implemented as a joint effort between the Brown County Sheriff’s Department and the Wrightstown School District during the 1990-1991 school year where it was taught to about 100 5th grade students.

The program was a huge success and, with the help of the Allouez Optimist club, and a grant from the Green Bay School District, quickly expanded throughout the county. In order to account for the growing need for this program, additional officers were added. Soon there became a need to account for the funding of this program, as we were aware that the government grants would not last forever. Officer Lance Catalano (the Grandfather of DARE in Brown County) quickly realized the need to establish a working relationship with local businesses in order to fund the program in the future.

With the help of other Officers and their family members, volunteering their time, they began parking cars at the K-mart store during home Packer games and started to establish a DARE savings account. That account has been managed through the Crime Prevention Foundation of Brown County and has provided the funding for the program. The Brown County Sheriff’s Department instructs D.A.R.E. in the Howard-Suamico, Green Bay, Denmark and Wrightstown school districts, as well as in many parochial schools. In addition, the Ashwaubenon Public Safety Department and Pulaski Police Department instruct D.A.R.E. in their respective jurisdictions.

In January of 2001 the DARE program was taken off of the Tax roles and has been 100% funded through private donations and corporate supporters. Our major contribution comes through the generosity of K-Mart and the Green Bay Packer Organization who allow us to use their property to park cars during home Packer games in order to generate funds for the program.

If you would like more information about the program or how your organization or Corporation might be able to help, please contact our DARE Division (SEE BELOW) and speak with Deputy Werner. He would be more than happy to talk about this valuable program with you anytime.

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