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The Virginia D.A.R.E. Training Center was established as a cooperative effort. This center was established to provide the standardized training for D.A.R.E. officers in Virginia and to ensure the integrity of the D.A.R.E. program. The training center also provides assistance to D.A.R.E. America by providing staff for training hosted by D.A.R.E. America. The role of the Virginia D.A.R.E. Training Center is to provide:

  • An initial 80-hour D.A.R.E. training course for law enforcement officers who will teach the K-12 D.A.R.E. curricula.
  • D.A.R.E. Mentor training includes an additional 40 hours of D.A.R.E. instruction and 80 hours of apprenticeship for law enforcement officers who will work with and train other officers as instructors. This training is available only through D.A.R.E. America and the officer must be approved to attend by the Virginia D.A.R.E. Training Center.
  • Educational and Curriculum updates as required due to curriculum changes and as mandated by D.A.R.E. America.
  • Assistance for D.A.R.E. America with national training seminars.
Other training information:

The administrative training fee and other cost will be invoiced to your agency upon receipt and approval of your application.  The in-state fee is $189, out-of-state is $389 and is due 30 days before date of the training.

A completed application shall be submitted to apply for VA D.A.R.E Officer Training.  It should be emailed to or Fax 800-303-1905.

Note: Application must be typed and is being provided as a PDF that can be filled in.


Cell: (540) 798-6471
Fax: (800) 303-1905
State D.A.R.E. Coordinator: Rob Hefner