Since 1987, the Bristol Virginia Sheriff’s Office in partnership with the Bristol Virginia School System has provided drug education and violence prevention instruction to our city’s youth ages pre k thru high school.  DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) places a uniformed law enforcement officer in the school classroom setting to present drug resistance techniques and violence prevention strategies to students in an exciting and unique way.  DARE officers of the Bristol Virginia Sheriff’s Office spend time with students outside the classroom as well, participating in recess activities, field trips,  library activities and physical education.  Building a relationship of trust and security, DARE officers continue to be an effective tool in the efforts to combat substance abuse and violence in our community.