Hempstead County
Sheriff's Office
Hope, Arkansas
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Drug Abuse Resistance Education - is one of the most important programs at the Sheriff's Office as it directly involves the lives of our children.

D.A.R.E. was founded in 1983 in Los Angeles and has proven so successful that it is now being implemented in 75 percent of our nation's school districts and in more than 43 countries around the world.

The primary mission of D.A.R.E. is to provide children with the information and skills they need to live drug- and violence-free lives. Additionally, it establishes positive relationships between students, law enforcement, teachers, parents and other community leaders. D.A.R.E. lessons focus on providing accurate information about alcohol and drugs, teaching students decision-making skills, showing them how to resist peer pressure and giving them ideas for alternatives to drug use and violence.

D.A.R.E. also reduces negative peer influence, increases family communication about the dangers of drugs, and creates a more positive image of law enforcement among students.


 2015 Garrett Memorial Christian School D.A.R.E. Graduation



 2015 Spring Hill D.A.R.E. Graduation



 2015 Blevins D.A.R.E.Graduation

Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office and The Eighth Judicial Prosecuting Attorneys Office Conducts D.A.R.E. Graduation for three County Schools.

 On March 11, 2015, Graduation was held at Garrett Memorial Christian School for 44 fourth, fifth and sixth grade students who completed the 10 week program.

 Students are required to write an essay on what they have learned during the D.A.R.E. Class and how they intend to apply the lessons learned in their life. Awards are given to students whose essays stand out. The choice is hard to make because all of the students essays are outstanding.

 The awards for best essay in the 4th grade at Garrett were; Katie Beth Alexander, and Neil Langston. Fifth Grade: Max Garcia and Keahi Sooman, Sixth Grade, Matthew Lloyd and Jared Santifer.

 On March 19, 2015, Graduation was held at Spring Hill for 33 fifth grade students. Outstanding essays from Spring Hill were fifth graders Emily Curtis and Tyler Warren.

 On March 20, 2015, Graduation was held at Blevins for 34 Fifth grade students. Outstanding essays from Blevins were Maci Thaxton and Brianna Smith.

 In all the D.A.R.E. program was brought to 111 fourth, fifth and sixth grade students

 The D.A.R.E. Program was revitalized in 2011 by Sheriff James Singleton and Prosecuting Attorney Christi McQueen to afford the children of Hempstead an education about the dangers of drugs and alcohol but has become much more covering Bullying, cyberbullying, and other dangers our leaders of tomorrow will face.

 A special thanks to Hope Auto Company and Special Designs Screen Printing.

  2014 DARE Students Garrett Memorial Christian School



DARE Essay Winners 



 GMBC D.A.R.E. Students