D.A.R.E LogoDrug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) is a collaborative effort by certified law enforcement officers, educators, students, parents and the community to offer an educational program in the classroom to prevent or reduce drug abuse and violence among children and youth. The emphasis of DARE is to help students recognize and resist the many direct and subtle pressures that influence them to experiment with alcohol, tobacco, prescription medication, marijuana, inhalants and other drugs or to engage in violence.

DARE in Moorhead started in 1990 as part of the 6th grade core curriculum. Today, DARE is taught in all public and private schools in Moorhead. The Police Department has worked with:

  • Approximately 7,000 5th and 6th grade students on the DARE core curriculum60058954_805469209852444_7298642546924716032_n
  • Over 5,000 middle students that have completed the middle program
  • Over 10,000 elementary students
  • Over 10,000 high school students

Each year the DARE Officers also make hundreds of community presentations to service groups, college classes, neighborhood groups, and other interested community members.

The success of the DARE Program in our community has been obvious by the support we have received from the community. Putting a DARE Officer in our schools has been a great benefit to the Police Department in our community policing effort.

Our program is taught by DARE Officer Ethan Meehan. School Resource Officers Brian Dahl and Katie Schultz and Detective Chris Martin also assist in teaching the program.

Contact and Schedule a Presentation

To learn more about our DARE Program or schedule a presentation contact the Dare Officer or call 218.790.4252.


Our department relies on donations from the community to support our program by assisting in the purchase of supplies for the program.

The City of Moorhead would like to thank the following list of contributors who have helped make the DARE program a success through the 2018-2019 program:

  • 702 Communications
  • American Federal Bank
  • American Legion Post #21
  • Audio Garage
  • Bell Bank
  • Bert's Truck Equipment
  • Bobcat Company
  • Border States Electric
  • Camrud Foss Concrete Construction
  • Central Minnesota Credit Union
  • China Buffet
  • Comstock Land Company, LLC
  • Corborn's
  • Ed’s Towing Service Inc.
  • Eide Bailly
  • Electro Watchman
  • F-M Salt Deliver
  • Gateway Chevrolet
  • Glass Doctor
  • Grand Inn of Moorhead
  • Haaland's Auto Repair, Inc 
  • Joseph & Corrine Bennett
  • Ken’s Sanitation & Recycling
  • Kjos Investments
  • Korsmo Funeral Service
  • Lakeland Mental Health Center
  • Larry’s Auto Body Shop
  • Luther Family Buick GMC
  • Masonic Lodge #126
  • Medical Pharmacy of Moorhead
  • Mexican Village
  • Michael J. Burns Architects
  • Mike's Auto Service
  • Moorhead Antiques
  • Moorhead Insurance Agency
  • Moorhead Plumbing & Heating, Inc
  • Moorhead Vikingland Kiwanis
  • Nokken Chiropractic Clinic, LTD
  • Northwest Blinds
  • Opatrill Concrete Construction
  • Outlet Recreation
  • RDO Equipment 
  • Reardon Office Equipment
  • Remodeling by Foss
  • Snap Dragon
  • Sig Olson & Sons
  • Taps Consulting, LLC
  • Todd’s Alignment & Repair
  • Valley Premier Bank
  • Valley Repair, Inc
  • VFW Auxiliary