HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu police celebrated 30 years of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program in Hawaii Saturday afternoon.
Children had the opportunity to meet officers, get an identification card and check out police vehicles at Pearlridge Center.
The goal of the D.A.R.E. program is to send a positive message to keiki that reaches beyond drugs, alcohol and violence.
"Because the D.A.R.E. program is about choices, it's not only about drugs and alcohol because our main focus is about making the right choice. Our program is called 'Keeping It Real.' Its strategies to help them deal with conflict, interacting with others, and being an assertive person," Corporal Mark Moncrease said.
Members of the DARE program visit thousands of elementary and middle school students statewide each year.