Albany- Albany police officers will no longer teach Drug Abuse Resistance Education, or DARE. City officials say the program is not included in the proposed 2006 budget.
The class had been taught to all fifth graders in the Dougherty County School system.
"Some of the options if the board of education would like to continue the program their officers can go to schools and become DARE officers if they'd like to and the board of education could continue that program," says Lt. Tracey Barnes of the Albany Police Department.
Officers say police departments across the nation have been dropping the program over the past several years. They say it will not effect GREAT, the Gang Resistance Education and Training program that is taught by Albany police officers.