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, 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 curriculumBrian
  • 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 School Resource/DARE Officer Brian Dahl. School Resource Officers Val Kellen and Kim Bloch 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 218.790.4259.


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:

  • 702 Communications
  • AAA of North Dakota
  • A-1 Automotive Transmission Service
  • Abbott, Arne, Schwindt, Inc.
  • Aevenia Inc
  • American Crystal Sugar
  • Amvets Post 7
  • Boulger Funeral Home
  • Camrud Foss Concrete Construction
  • Casey’s General Store
  • CNH America LLC
  • China Buffet
  • Coborn’s (Cashwise)
  • Cole Papers
  • Dr. Jeffrey Harvey, DDS
  • Dr. William K. Larson, DDS
  • Ed’s Towing Service Inc.
  • Eide Bailly
  • Eventide
  • F-M Salt Deliver
  • FM Truck Sales
  • Grand Inn of Moorhead
  • Haugen Masonry Contractors
  • IdeaOne Telecom Group
  • Ken’s Sanitation & Recycling
  • Kjos Investments
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Korsmo Funeral Service
  • L & L Electric Motor Service
  • Lakeland Mental Health Center
  • Larry’s Auto Body Shop
  • Larry’s RV Sales & Service
  • Luther Family Buick GMC
  • Michael & Wanda Foley
  • Mike’s Auto Service
  • Minnesota School of Business
  • Moorhead Masonic Lodge #126
  • Nash Finch Company
  • Newman Outdoor Advertising
  • Northwestern Bank
  • Nova Fire Protection
  • Otto’s Welding & Machine Shop
  • Prairie St. John’s
  • Reardon Office Equipment
  • Remodeling by Foss
  • Robert Gibb & Sons
  • Sabin Lioness Club
  • Simplot Grower Solutions
  • State Bank & Trust
  • State Farm Insurance Agency-Dave Eggers
  • State Farm Insurance Agency-Gail Jordahl
  • State Farm Insurance Agency-Noel Moore
  • Stein’s Inc
  • Sunset Lanes
  • Super 8 Motel
  • Synergistics Management Group
  • The Forum
  • Titan Machinery
  • Todd’s Alignment & Repair
  • Usher’s House
  • VFW Auxiliary-Dilworth
  • Valley Repair, Inc
  • Voxland Electric
  • Wayne & Elizabeth Christianson