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The DARE Officer Training is funded and administered by
The Law Enforcement Foundation

DARE Officer Training (DOT) Information

D.O.T. CLASS #66 Fall 2014
September 22-October 3, 2014
Holiday Inn-Worthington, OH

CLICK HERE (for information & application)

Application Deadline: Until class is full or 30 days before DOT start date


The DOT format will include:

DARE K-4 Program

keepin' it REAL - Elementary Core Curriculum (the elementary curriculum is 9 instructional blocks in length)

keepin' it REAL - Middle School Curriculum (the DARE middle school curriculum is taught at the 7th or 8th grade level and contains an instructional block of 10 lessons)


DOT Curriculum Descriptions:

“DARE Officer Training”

The DOT format will include training in the: DARE K-4 Program, Keepin' it REAL Elememtary Core Program and, keepin’ it REAL Middle School Program (10 weeks). To be eligible, a police officer must be a sworn full-time officer with two years uniformed street experience in their current department OR a sworn full-time officer with a total of two years uniformed street experience, who has successfully completed the current departments imposed probationary period. Also, the Officer must have no sustained disciplinary actions within the past three years or be involved in a current departmental investigation. A Statement of Commitment must be completed by both the Police Department and School Superintendent. Registration fee covers all training costs and materials. The 2 week training is held at OPOTA-London. Room Accommodations (Double Occupancy) and Meals are provided for the duration of the 80-hour training. Transportation costs to and from the Academy are not included. Other application requirements apply. The application and all paperwork/information must be received BEFORE an Officer will be scheduled for the Interview.


“DARE High School Training”

The DARE High School Curriculum is currently under analysis and will need to be tweaked and revised accordingly. The High School Program "Take Charge of Your Life" has seven lessons with an option "Project" at the end to be done in conjunction with the student's own High School. The curriculum contains several "trigger" video's that promote open discussion with the students. These discussions result in decision making and possible alternatives.



DARE Class #64 Graduating Class- October 2012
DOT Graduates 2012

First Row: Senior Mentor Ken Delfing, Westlake PD; Senior Mentor Sharon Centner, Medina Co SO; Mary Davis, Deputy Director, Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy; Kari Parsons, DARE Ohio Training Director, Mentor Valerie Leigeber, Sidney PD, Mentor Joe Vince, Franklin Co SO.

Back Row: Robert Menth, Reading PD, Steve Garstka, Canfield PD; Anthony Thompson, Wood County SO; Amy Dougan, Portage County SO; Jeromy Dove, Lewisburg PD, WV; Brian Strunk, Shelby CO SO; James Wagner, Brook Park PD, Adrianne Mynsberge, Port Huron PD, MI; Sam Byrd, Franklin Co SO; Stacie Garrick, Mansfield PD; Garry Prebynski, New Franklin PD; Rebecca Eavers, Forest Park PD;
Gary Plotts, Defiance Co SO;  Keith Lobsinger, Huron PD;  Kevin Kovacs, Beavercreek PD; William Kofod, Utica PD; Tracy Barber, Clinton Co SO, MI; Kathryn Krauss, Los Altos PD, CA; Angela Garrett, Pittsburgh PD, PA; Greg Titgemeyer, Evendale PD; Greg Granderson, Clarksville PD, TN; Travis Ricker, Fostoria PD.

QUESTIONS: Contact the DAO Office at 614-761-9498