The Benton County Sheriff’s Office currently has one full time deputy assigned to provide D.A.R.E. instruction to 5th graders in the schools of the Sauk Rapids-Rice and Foley School districts. D.A.R.E. is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teaches children valuable life skills designed to help them make good choices, especially in the important realms of:

  • Bullying
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Drug use
  • Smoking
  • Violence

Success of the Program

Since the Benton County Sheriff’s Office began its D.A.R.E. program in 1992, well over 10,000 students have graduated from the D.A.R.E. program.