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September 22, 2018

Mayor Barlow Announces Revival of D.A.R.E Program In City Schools

OSWEGO, NY – Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow announced today (March 1) that the Oswego City Police Department now has the capability to bring the D.A.R.E program to schools in the city of Oswego.

Oswego Police Officer Thomas Grover recently completed his D.A.R.E instructor course.

Oswego City Mayor Billy Barlow (left) and Police Chief Tory L. DeCaire (right) congratulate Officer Thomas Grover on his recent completion of a D.A.R.E Instructor Course.

Oswego City Mayor Billy Barlow (left) and Police Chief Tory L. DeCaire (right) congratulate Officer Thomas Grover on his recent completion of a D.A.R.E Instructor Course.

“Working with Superintendent (Dr. Dean) Goewey and the Oswego City School District, I am excited to offer this program to be incorporated into the 2016-2017 school year as an educational component to the city’s on-going work being done with regard to reducing the negative impact of illegal drugs in the city of Oswego. As we all know, our children are the future of this community and we must do everything we can to protect them. I believe education is the first component of protection. I am proud to bring the D.A.R.E program back into our schools to better educate our youth to be safe and responsible, while making good decisions as they grow older,” said Mayor Barlow.

D.A.R.E.’s vision of “Teaching students good decision-making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives” focuses on more than just the dangers associated with the use and abuse of illegal drugs.

The updated D.A.R.E. curriculum continues a more than thirty-year commitment to providing cutting edge instruction that helps prevent drug use by developing basic, core skills needed for safe and responsible choices – skills that extend well beyond drugs to healthy and mature choices in life.

Police Chief Tory L. DeCaire said, “The D.A.R.E. philosophy is that if you can teach our youth to make safe and responsible decisions, it will guide them to healthy choices, not only about drugs, but across all parts of their lives. As they mature to be responsible citizens and community members, they will lead healthier and more productive drug-free lives. That is a concept that I embrace and support for our city and that is why, under the leadership of Mayor Barlow, the Oswego City Police Department is pleased to offer this program to our community.”

5 Responses “Mayor Barlow Announces Revival of D.A.R.E Program In City Schools”

  1. Renee
    March 1, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Way to go, I wish this was active in all of the schools for Oswego County.

  2. Ron Morgan
    March 1, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    DARE has been shown to, at best, be ineffective and, at worse, to decrease self esteem and actually increase the drug usage in later years of children who participated in the program.

    This quote is from TIME magazine:
    From Time magazine:

    “According to an article published in the August 1999 issue of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, DARE not only did not affect teenagers’ rate of experimentation with drugs, but may also have actually lowered their self-esteem. The study, called “Project DARE: No Effects at 10-Year Follow-Up,” bluntly deconstructs every claim the program makes. More than 1,000 10 year-olds enrolled in DARE classes were given a survey about drug use and self-esteem, and then, a decade later, the same group filled out the same questionnaire.

    The findings were grim: 20-year-olds who’d had DARE classes were no less likely to have smoked marijuana or cigarettes, drunk alcohol, used “illicit” drugs like cocaine or heroin, or caved in to peer pressure than kids who’d never been exposed to DARE. But that wasn’t all. “Surprisingly,” the article states, “DARE status in the sixth grade was negatively related to self-esteem at age 20, indicating that individuals who were exposed to DARE in the sixth grade had lower levels of self-esteem 10 years later.” Another study, performed at the University of Illinois, suggests some high school seniors who’d been in DARE classes were more likely to use drugs than their non-DARE peers.”

  3. March 2, 2017 at 8:48 am

    This is great news. I’m so happy to hear that this program is being brought back. The kids not only need the information about how bad the drugs are for you but also need good mentors.
    It is so important for these young children to have someone to look up to with the obstacles they face in life. As far as people being pessimistic about the program that’s why a lot of things don’t work it’s lack of belief on the adults end that shows through to the kids. We need people that believe in their hearts that this can work and it will.
    Oswego county is losing people at an alarming rate due to overdoses . A bit of hope is better than none at all. Thank you to mayor Barlow and the Oswego police department for your efforts and when this gets started I will contact you to make donations. Good Luck

  4. Gary Beadling
    March 2, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Former NYSP Fulton ny. Lived for a time on W Fifth st. Wife worked at
    Oswego hospital.

    Love you commit to future educational purposes.

    G J BEADLING 2545

  5. M
    March 3, 2017 at 6:21 am

    it’s heavy handed … kids don’t need armed agents of the state filling their heads with fear and propaganda … marijuana, for example, is a beautiful thing, it’s going to be legal nationally in the not too distant future, and it’s wrong to vilify it

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