School-based Law Enforcement Programming

COMBAT funding provides more than $1 million annually for school-based law enforcement education and programming.

In Jackson County, nine school districts participate in D.A.R.E. educational programs. Each year, more than 30,000 students receive drug and violence prevention education.

Drug Abuse Resistance Education

Launched in 1983, D.A.R.E. is a comprehensive K-12 education program taught in thousands of schools in America and 52 other countries. D.A.R.E. curricula address drugs, violence, bullying, internet safety, and other high risk circumstances that today are too often a part of students’ lives.

Elementary prevention programming begins in 5th Grade, with designated D.A.R.E. Officers introducing the D.A.R.E. curriculum to the students.

Keepin' it REAL

Grounded in cultural norms, the program teaches youth how to live drug-free lives confidently, drawing on the strengths of the students, their families, and communities.

Like the elementary school curriculum, the acronym “REAL” is the central message of the curriculum and teaches youth four ways to refuse drug offers — Refuse, Explain, Avoid, and Leave. These strategies help youth stay away from drugs by preparing them to act decisively and responsibly in difficult situations.

D.A.R.E. America, 2017

D.A.R.E. Contacts

City / County
Police Chief
D.A.R.E. Contact
Blue Springs
Wayne McCoy
D.C. Bob Muenz
Grain Valley
Dave Starbuck
Officer Darin Chance
Grandview Charles Iseman
Captain Richard Rogers
Independence Tom Daily
Major Terry Storey
Jackson County Sheriff
Mike Sharp
Deputy Randy Vestal
Kansas City
Darryl Forté
Sergeant Greg Satter
Lee's Summit
Travis Forbes
Sergeant Gary Colyne
Oak Grove
Bryon Price
Bob Marshall

Other School-base Law Enforcement Resources

COMBAT funding provides more than just D.A.R.E. education courses in Jackson County classrooms. Each police department is able to provide certified D.A.R.E. Officers, School Resource Officers, Crisis Intervention Training, Truancy Officers and other training and support programs to school district faculty and staff.