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The Florence Township Police Department offers the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance D.A.R.E ProgramEducation) program to both public and private schools in the Township. The program offers preventative strategies to enhance protective factors - namely bonding to the family, school and community, which may appear to foster the development of resiliency in young people who may be at risk for substance abuse and other problem behaviors. Researchers have identified certain protective and social bonding factors in the family, school and community which may foster resiliency in young people, in other words, the capacity of young people for healthy, independent growth in spite of adverse conditions. These strategies focus on the development of social competence, communications skills, self-esteem, empathy, decision-making, conflict resolution, sense of purpose and independence and positive alternative activities to drug abuse and other destructive behaviors.


Ptl. Brian Panaro, Sgt. Mauro Correnti, Ptl. Hollins and Sgt. Jonathan Greenberg are assigned to the Florence Township Police D.A.R.E. program. For more information about the Florence Township Police Department D.A.R.E. program you may contact one of the above listed officers at the department by calling 609-499-3131.


D.A.R.E. curriculum.

Understanding the effects of mind altering drugs
Considering the consequences
Changing beliefs about drug use
Learning resistance techniques
Building self-esteem
Learning assertiveness
Managing stress without taking drugs
Reducing violence
Combating media influences on drug use and violence
Making decisions about risky behaviors
Saying YES to positive attitudes
Having positive role models
Resisting gang and group violence
Taking a stand


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711 Broad Street  •  Florence, NJ 08518  •  609-499-2525
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