Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) is a 17-week course taught at school by Gurnee police officers. The program is designed to help children make the right decisions about drugs and build self-confidence.
During the course, a specifically trained D.A.R.E. officer visits 5th grade classes weekly for 45 minutes. The focus is prevention of drug abuse in school age children, but the program also deals with building self-esteem and studying the consequences of abuse. The Gurnee Police Department currently has four D.A.R.E. officers, and the combined effort between the police and the school districts' staff is working to teach children decision making skills that last a lifetime.