Program Information 

D.A.R.E. is an innovate program taught by the Jeffersontown Police Department in cooperation with local schools. The program is taught to 4th and 5th graders at the city's five elementary schools:
  • Academy for Individual Excellence
  • Cochrane
  • Jeffersontown
  • St. Edwards
  • Tully
Sherry Teaching Dare Class
Each year D.A.R.E. is taught to over 800 elementary students and over 350 middle school students. 

The program is taught by Officer Sherry Hackel of the Jeffersontown Police Department. Each officer had to attend and pass a two week course to become certified to teach in the classrooms. 


The D.A.R.E. program is a curriculum designed to help young people resist the pressures of substance abuse and violence while developing strong decision making skills. The officers teach accurate information about marijuana, tobacco, and alcohol with lessons dealing with the consequences of abuse, building self-esteem, providing ways to resist and identify peer pressure and alternatives to drug use.

The D.A.R.E. program curriculum consists of the following: 
  • Alcohol and you
  • Course overview
  • D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony
  • Friendship foundations
  • Personal action
  • Practice, practice, practice
  • Purposes of the D.A.R.E. program
  • Putting it together
  • Role models
  • Smoke screen
  • The real truth
  • Tobacco and you
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Contact Information

For more information on the D.A.R.E program, please contact Officer Sherry Hackel by calling (502) 267-0503.