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Drug Abuse Resistance Education

Since 1994, the Murrieta Police Department has taught the DARE curriculum to 5th graders in our local elementary schools. The Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program’s mission of teaching students good decision making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives is consistent with the goals and mission of the Murrieta Police Department.  Over the last 20 years, countless Murrieta students have gained a greater understanding of the consequences that result from the choices they make as juveniles.

Eleven local MVUSD Elementary Schools, as well as Menifee Unified’s Oak Meadows Elementary have Murrieta Police Officers assigned as DARE Instructors.  Each year, 5th grade students from those 11 schools receive a 10 week DARE program, culminating in a DARE graduation and Mulligan’s DARE 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 DARE America’s mission, we also want the community to know that Murrieta PD’s DARE Program is fully funded within the city budget.  DARE America does not fund the Murrieta PD / MVUSD DARE Program.

Sergeant Dave Baca
(951) 461-6308


      D.A.R.E. Officer

Alta Murrieta Elementary   Officer Jeff Martin
Antelope Hills Elementary  Officer Chris Zeltner
Avaxat Elementary  Officer Brian Quick
Buchanan Elementary  Corporal John Therien
Cole Canyon Elementary  Officer Ed Vazquez
E. Hale Curran Elementary  Officer Brent Sforzini
Lisa J. Mails Elementary  Corporal Matthew Mozingo
Monte Vista Elementary  Corporal Kent Chivington
Murrieta Elementary

 Officer Gabe Aponte

Rail Ranch Elementary  Sergeant Spencer Parker
Tovashal Elementary  Officer Jeremy Meadows