Bartow County Sheriff's Office
104 Zena Drive
Cartersville, GA 30121


Lt. John Morgan ext. 6023
Sgt Richey Harrell ext. 6017
Inv. Marc Barrere ext. 6022

The D.A.R.E. program is changing to meet challenges faced by youth.

The Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D. A .R. E.) Program in the city and county school system is changing and evolving to meet the challenges faced by today's youth. In addition to the current curriculum, the following optional classes can now be taught in the classroom: Bullying, Prescription Drugs (RX) and Over the Counter Drugs (OTC) abuse.

Bartow County Sheriff's Office along with the Bartow County School System has been involved with the D.A.R.E Program since 1992. Lieutenant John H. Morgan began teaching the program with nine county elementary schools. With the growth in the City and County School Systems, Investigator Richey Harrell was selected to join the team.

Currently, twelve (12), one (1) city school, and one (1) private school are receiving the services of the Bartow County D.A.R.E Program.

Beginning with the 2012 school year D.A.R.E. will be taught in the middle school.

D. A. R. E provides students with the skills necessary to recognize and resist pressures to experiment with drugs and to avoid gangs and violence. Lessons emphasize self-esteem, decision-making, interpersonal communications skills, the consequences of drug abuse, conflict resolution and positive alternatives to substance abuse.

The most important facets of D.A.R.E. are the use of specially trained officers to deliver the curriculum within the schools. Officers are accepted as authorities on drug abuse, as they deal with drug abuse and its consequences on a daily basis.

Surveys of D.A.R.E graduates show students that completing the program demonstrate increased knowledge of and resistance to drugs and alcohol, improved attitudes towards school, better grades, and lower levels of truancy and vandalism.

D.A.R.E because it works.
D.A.R.E because we care.