Hennepin County sheriff's office to join D.A.R.E. program.

The Hennepin County sheriff's office will be the first law enforcement agency in the country to partner with Minnesota D.A.R.E. on their new pilot program, the Pioneer Press said.

DARE - Drug Abuse Resistance Education -- is led by law officers that try to educate K-12 students about the dangers of drug and alcohol use. Until now, DARE officers have been active-duty officers, said the Star Tribune.

Due to budget-cuts, D.A.R.E has difficulty with the demand for cops to teach the lessons.

Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek said using retired officers will make D.A.R.E. programs more cost-effective and accessible. The program will begin with one retired deputy the Pioneer Press said.

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