D.A.R.E. News & Events

News and Upcoming D.A.R.E. Events.

32nd Annual D.A.R.E. Classic 5K Road Race
Wednesday August 28, 2024


5:00 p.m. - Demonstrations
K9 and Motorcycle units

5:30 p.m. - Kids Fun Run

6:10 p.m. - Drill team and National Anthem
6:25 p.m. - 5K begins


The New Hampshire State Police D.A.R.E. Classic 5K is in its 32nd year and is a fundraiser for the D.A.R.E. program in New Hampshire.

Proceeds from the race are used to provide D.A.R.E. workbooks for the 80 communities within the state that provide D.A.R.E. classes at elementary schools. New Hampshire is also the training hub for new D.A.R.E. officers in northern New England, and funds from the D.A.R.E. Classic 5K assist in paying for this training. Each year, the New Hampshire State Police hosts a two-week school for police officers to be trained on how to teach D.A.R.E. throughout New England.

NH D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year Awards

Each school year, the D.A.R.E. Coordinator's Office recognizes one individual who demonstrates skill and dedication, and exemplifies what being a D.A.R.E. Officer should be. Nominations are accepted from students, teachers, school administrators, etc.

Detective Sergeant Dick Perreault and Alyssa Raxter, DARE Officer of the Year 2022
Sergeant Richard Perreault shaking hands with 2022 D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year, Officer Alyssa Raxter
  • 2021-2022 - Officer Alyssa Raxter, Gilford Police Department
  • 2020-2021 - Officer Melisa Pfefferle, Concord Police Department
  • 2018-2019 - Officer Kristen Guest, Alton Police Department
  • 2016-2018 - Officer Steve Petroski, Exeter Police Department
  • 2015-2016 - Sergeant Edward Shaughnessy, Bradford Police Department
  • 2013-2014 - Officer Michelle Cardinal, Laconia Police Department
  • 2012-2013 - Lieutenant Steven Arsenault, Berlin Police Department
  • 2011-2012 - Officer Diana Scott, Bow Police Department
  • 2010-2011 - Sergeant Timothy Dow, Northfield Police Department
  • 2009-2010 - Sergeant Jennifer Lemoine, Gorham Police Department
  • 2008-2009 - Officer Joseph Wright, Concord Police Department