Kenner Police Department

About Us
Community Relations
Neighborhood Watch
Citizen's Police Academy
Women's Self Defense
Community Police Corps
Press Releases
Kenner's Most Wanted
Crime Stats
Command Staff








Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.)

D.A.R.E. Elementary Program

The Kenner Police Department offers a Drug Abuse Resistance Education, or D.A.R.E. Program, to students in grades K-5. The 5th grade D.A.R.E. classes are offered in 45-60 minute increments one day per week for 17 weeks.

The curriculum, which is constantly updated, teaches pupils to resist drugs and violence by focusing on the development of self-esteem, fostering communication, and encouraging social bonding with family, school and community. The child is encouraged to develop what is unique and special about him, and to explore options that are positive and productive, which is in direct contrast to abusing drugs and seeing violence as a solution.

 Students are taught to identify and respond effectively to the pressures that influence them to experiment with illegal substances or become involved in gangs. The classes focus on alternatives that teach youngsters to resolve problems in a nonviolent manner, including the development of social competence, empathy, decision-making skills, conflict resolution, sense of purpose and independence. By teaching students important concepts like compromise, waiting to resolve a problem until both parties have had a chance to cool off, and asking for a moderator, students are less apt to act in anger.

At the conclusion of instruction, students must write an essay detailing the importance of remaining drug free. As part of the program, D.A.R.E. students meet high school seniors who function as role models, imparting information about middle and high school. The students will participate in a school-wide D.A.R.E. culmination or graduation ceremony.

D.A.R.E. Middle School Program

The Kenner Police Department has a certified D.A.R.E. Middle School Instructor. The middle-school level enforces the elementary-level D.A.R.E. curriculum. This program is implemented in the 7th grade. The D.A.R.E. middle school program is presented in a ten-day block format. Follow up lessons are also presented in the 8th grade through a five-day Judicial Consequences lecture.

Judicial Consequences

This program communicates current laws on the books of the Louisiana Criminal Code to at risk-youngsters in the Robert L. Rivarde Juvenile Detention Center. This program is geared to young people who have already gotten in trouble with the law. The primary focus is crimes against persons. This information is imparted to the residents to facilitate understanding of the prevailing laws in our society, with the hope that the knowledge will enable them to make more productive, better choices. The discussion also focuses on putting a face on the victim of these crimes. Open discussion of the law is encouraged through case studies and role-playing.

Resources for Parents with Troubled Youngsters

Trained D.A.R.E. officers conduct assistance sessions with parents who need outside aid or guidance with their children. The focus is on evoking open discussion and understanding each other's roles as parent and child. Information is passed to both parties about laws that both should be aware of. The child is also alerted to their responsibility and conformity to parents' rules.

Community Programs

D.A.R.E. Instructors also participate in the nationally validated Helping One Student To Succeed, or HOST Program. The instructor works with two children for one-half hour each once per week. The program enables the student to excel in math/language arts by providing a mentor to assist and encourage to at-risk students.




Chief of Police


Kenner Police Complex

500 Veterans Blvd.

Kenner, LA. 70062

(504) 712-2200

Kenner Police:
(504) 712-2222

Dial 911 for




Drug Tip Hotline:

(504) 466-3073