Since 1994, the Murrieta Police Department has taught the D.A.R.E. curriculum to 5th graders in our local elementary schools, and currently 6th graders in our local middle schools. The Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program's mission of teaching students good decision making skills to help our youth lead safe and healthy lives is consistent with the goals and mission of the Murrieta Police Department. Over the last 25 years, countless Murrieta students have gained a greater understanding of the consequences that result from the choices they make as juveniles.
All four local Murrieta Valley Unified School District (MVUSD) Middle Schools (Dorothy McElhinney, Shivela, Thompson, and Warm Springs) have Murrieta Police Officers assigned as D.A.R.E. Instructors. Each year, 6th grade students from those schools receive a 10 week D.A.R.E. program, culminating in a D.A.R.E. graduation and Mulligan's D.A.R.E. Night.
The program is paid for with funds from within the police department budget. In addition to Police Department funds, the end of year Mulligan's night sends 25% of the proceeds back to the Police budget for the next year's program. Although the Murrieta Police Department supports D.A.R.E. America's mission, we also want the community to know that Murrieta PD's D.A.R.E. Program is fully funded within the city budget. D.A.R.E. America does not fund the Murrieta Police Department / MVUSD D.A.R.E. Program.