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D.A.R.E.
Town of Eden
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Officer Joseph E. Flynn, the D.A.R.E. instructor in Eden and Trooper Paul Sortisio, a member of the New York State Police stationed in Clarence, N.Y.

D.A.R.E. - DRUG ABUSE RESISTANCE EDUCATION was originally developed in 1983 by the Los Angeles Police Department along with the United School District. Based on the premise that prevention is the only long-term answer to drug abuse, the program expanded into every state and even into many countries abroad.

The Town of Eden Police Department was one of the first departments in Western New York to offer the program. After we learned of the success of the DARE Program (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) we sent an officer to the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Council to complete two weeks of training to become a certified instructor. That instructor must create a positive atmosphere for students to interact with uniformed law enforcement officers.

The focus of D.A.R.E. is to:

1. Provide accurate information about drugs and alcohol
2. Teach students the necessary decision-making skills
3. Show students how to resist negative peer pressure
4. Suggest healthy alternatives to drug use
5. Build confidence and self esteem

The D.A.R.E. program is designed to avoid scare tactics. Positive and substantive, it relies on accurate information and an upbeat approach. D.A.R.E. officers work with students in the classroom. This approach provides a constructive and highly visible presence to the students involved in D.A.R.E. and to the community. The implementation of the D.A.R.E. program has enabled educated students to face an uncertain world armed with the knowledge that drug abuse is a destructive cycle. The undeniable success this program has already generated insures its place in our community. Moreover, until drug abuse is a thing of the past, D.A.R.E. will continue to be in the forefront of preventative measures.

Joseph E. Flynn is presently the D.A.R.E. instructor in Eden. Due to the large number of classes, he is assisted by Trooper Paul Sortisio, a member of the New York State Police stationed in Clarence, N.Y..

If you have any questions or comments about the program, you may phone Officer Joseph E. Flynn at our department or e-mail him at


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