The Ellisville Police Department has been involved in delivering the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program in area schools since 1990. The new Keepin’ It Real D.A.R.E. program is a ten-week life skills program taught to 5th or 6th grade students by specially trained police officers. Since its inception in 1983, the D.A.R.E. program has been taught to millions of children, in all 50 states and in several countries. To date, over 6,700 children have graduated from Ellisville’s core D.A.R.E. program. The D.A.R.E. program teaches students good decision making skills to help them lead safe and responsible lives.  In 2016, 197 students graduated the D.A.R.E. program and were recognized for their hard work during the 10-week course. Sergeant Walker officiated D.A.R.E. graduations at Ridge Meadows Elementary School, St. John Lutheran and St. Clare of Assisi Catholic School. Students made posters or wrote essays on what they learned in DARE to help them stay safe and responsible. All students were provided with DARE dog tags, cool sunglasses, and certificates from Sergeant Walker.  If you would like to know more, see the D.A.R.E website here.