Chief wins kudos for pushing DARE

Chief wins kudos for pushing DARE

There are 5 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Jul 24, 2010, titled Chief wins kudos for pushing DARE. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

Concerned about the loss of frequent interaction between his officers and the town's youngest citizens due to the lack of funding for a school resource officer, Police Chief Joseph Roark proposed another way of injecting a positive police presence into Pelham classrooms that won preliminary approval from the School Board.

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taxpayer1946

Tewksbury, MA

#1 Jul 24, 2010
Several studies have shown that DARE has no value and is a total waste of money.
Barney Fife

Stoneham, MA

#2 Jul 24, 2010
DARE is a government boondoggle which is privately owned by among others Darryl Gates, ex chief of police in LA during Darryl Gates fiasco. It's been shown to be at best neutral in stopping drug use so they've expanded to every other crisis du jour. Why do the cops love it? precisely this reason...it pays for more of them outside of the normal budget.

Think about this concept. We ask Gym teachers to have a Masters and be certified, with ongoing required professional development, but a Cop who may not even have an Associates, gets a whopping 80 hours of training, and then is put in a classroom of impressionable teens and teaches them values on drugs, bully, relationships, date rape, pretty much anything they want to talk about. Scary!
Offisa Pupp

Chelmsford, MA

#3 Jul 24, 2010
Copaganda.
NH Drifter

Haverhill, MA

#4 Jul 26, 2010
Any of you internet experts have a better idea?
Smokestack Lightning

Chelmsford, MA

#5 Jul 26, 2010
NH Drifter wrote:
Any of you internet experts have a better idea?
See: Prohibition.

Didn't work with alcohol. Isn't working with these other drugs either. Why is anyone surprised?

How many billions of dollars have we spent on law enforcement, without ending drug use? How many violent sociopaths have we provided with careers, just like we did with Al Capone and the Mafia?(Let's not forget the Kennedy family, either.) How many innocent people have had their homes trashed and their families terrorized, because the SWAT team had the wrong address?(It happens a lot.) How many innocents have been caught in the crossfire between rival gangs of violent sociopaths trying to leverage their competitive advantage in the free market of illegal drugs? How many NON-violent potheads wind up in prison just for trying to feel good? It all seems like an awfully high price to pay, for a program that has been going on for 50 YEARS, and has shown ABSOLUTELY NO SIGNS OF DOING ANY GOOD.

We need to take a lesson from our grandparents and stop throwing good money after bad. Legalize the less harmful drugs and tax them. just like alcohol.

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