DARE Program

The D.A.R.E. Mission “Teaching students good decision-making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives”

The D.A.R.E. Vision “A world in which students everywhere are empowered to respect others and choose to lead lives free from violence, substance abuse, and other dangerous behaviors.”

The Port Huron Police Department has one dedicated D.A.R.E. officer. Officer Patrick Eash is the current D.A.R.E. officer and is the only one in St. Clair County. Officer Eash has served the citizens of Port Huron as a police officer since spring 2010. Officer Eash attended specialized training in Fishers, Indiana in summer 2016, where he became a certified D.A.R.E. instructor.

The D.A.R.E. program is taught to all 5th graders within the City of Port Huron. Since there are seven elementary schools within the city and only one D.A.R.E. officer, Officer Eash teaches at half of the schools during the fall semester and the other half in the spring semester.

D.A.R.E. is a nationally recognized, collaborative effort between law enforcement, schools, parents, and community leaders. Its goal is to provide children with an opportunity to learn and practice good decision-making skills so that they lead safe and responsible lives. Students not only learn about the dangers of drug abuse, but about decision making, risk, stress, communication, peer pressure, and bullying.

Officer Eash also spends time at the local middle and high schools on a request basis. He teaches a variety of subjects, including intoxicated driving awareness, the dangers of drug abuse, “sexting,” and bullying.

The PHPD D.A.R.E. officer serves a dual role as the Community Services Officer (CSO). As the CSO, Officer Eash is in charge of the VIPS program, CAPTURE fundraising, the Citizen’s Police Academy, and community policing. He also teaches special classes, on a request basis, to a variety of groups throughout the city.

To contact Officer Eash, send an email to eashp@porthuron.org or call (810) 984-9715.