The D.A.R.E. program was developed in 1983 in Los Angeles, California as a co-operative effort between the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Unified School District. Since its inception, the D.A.R.E. program, which is reviewed and updated on a regular basis, has expanded to over fifty countries around the world, including Canada.

Daryl F. Gates – Founder of D.A.R.E

Daryl F. Gates died Friday, April 16, 2010, after a short bout with cancer. He died at his Dana Point, California home with his family at his side. Gates’ brother said the former chief had bladder cancer.

In 1983, Chief Gates instituted the D.A.R.E. program to prevent drug abuse. D.A.R.E has been emulated by police departments across the United States and 43 other countries around the world. Since Chief Gates founded D.A.R.E. starting with only ten officers it has grown to over 50,000 officers trained and certified to teach the program, and a handful of students has multiplied to millions worldwide.

“In founding the D.A.R.E. program, Chief Daryl Gates helped ensure a better future forĀ our children.”

Important Milestones

Year 2001 – The D.A.R.E. program started in Caledon

Year 2012 – 1400 grade six students will be receiving the D.A.R.E. program in 17 schools in Caledon