The D.A.R.E. program was started in 1983 by a group of Los Angeles police officers and members of the local school district who were concerned because kids were taking drugs. The police officers and teachers joined forces and launched D.A.R.E. to teach kids about the dangers of drugs and violence, and how to protect themselves from it.
The Beaver County Sheriff's Office has been actively involved in D.A.R.E. and Crime Prevention since 1991. Since its conception, many programs have been developed by the Sheriff's Office in support of this effort. The D.A.R.E. Program was the first of these many crime prevention programs. Currently, the Sheriff's Office has two crime prevention officers - Deputy Robin O’Connor Redfern and Deputy George Palombo, who instruct the D.A.R.E. Program in several school districts in Beaver County. These include: