Augusta Department of Public Safety
The Augusta Department of Public Safety (ADPS) adopted the program in 1998.
The "Drug Abuse Resistance Education" program teaches kids the importance of just saying "NO" to drugs and violence. The information presented to the elementary school students (K-5), teaches them the 8 ways to say "NO"! At the end of the 11 week program a culmination, or graduation, is held for the students that have successfully completed the course. Each student receives a certificate of completion for his or her effort.
One Public Safety Officer is assigned as the Augusta Department of Public Safety D.A.R.E. instructor. In 2009, Public Safety Officer John Yelverton was appointed to the position. Yelverton is responsible for coordination and instruction of the D.A.R.E. program for all USD 402 schools.
8 WAYS TO SAY "NO!"
1. Saying "No Thanks!"
2. Giving a reason or excuse.
3. Repeated Refusal, or Keep Saying NO.
4. Walking Away.
5. Changing the Subject.
6. Avoiding the Situation.
7. Cold Shoulder.
8. Strength in Numbers.