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 5th grade core curriculum. Today, DARE is taught in all public schools in Moorhead.


Each year the DARE Officers make 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 School Resource Officer/DARE Officer Brandon Heide. School Resource Officer Jordan Werk is also trained as a DARE instructor.

Contact and Schedule a Presentation

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


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

The City of Moorhead would like to thank the following list of contributors who have helped make the 2023-2024 DARE program a success:

  • 702 Communications 
  • Abbott, Arne, Schwindt, Inc
  • American Family Insurance-Cami Sagvold Agency
  • American Legion Post #21
  • Arlan Swenson 
  • Bert's Truck Equipment
  • Boulger Funeral Home 
  • CB & Sons Electric, Inc
  • China Buffet
  • Choice Financial
  • Corwin Brothers
  • Coborns
  • East 10 Laundry
  • Edward Jones
  • Eide Bailey
  • El Torero Mexican Restaurant
  • Electro Watchman-Dan Schempp
  • F-M Salt Delivery, Inc
  • Foss Spine & Wellness 
  • Gate City Bank
  • Glass Doctor
  • Harolds on Main 
  • Korsmo Funeral Service
  • Michael Burns Architects
  • Micks Scuba
  • Moorhead Insurance Agency
  • Moorhead Plumbing & Heating
  • Newman Signs, Inc
  • Nokken Chiropractic Clinic, Ltd
  • RDO 
  • Robert Gibb & Sons
  • Sanford Health 
  • Snap Dragon
  • Town & Country Credit Union
  • Valley Premier Bank
  • Wright Funeral Home