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.