The Byram Township Police Department participates in the D.A.R.E. Program as administered by D.A.R.E. New Jersey. Det. Todd Duffy began this program in 1991 in the Byram Township Intermediate School’s 5th Grade. Since then, Lt. Peter Zabita, P.O. Victor Marin and P.O. Marcus Lisa have been trained and certified as D.A.R.E. instructors. Lt. Zabita now supervises the program while P.O. Marcus Lisa serves as the primary instructor.
The elementary curriculum is delivered by a D.A.R.E. officer to fifth grade students and includes one lesson per week for 12 consecutive weeks. The D.A.R.E. Program requires that a certified teacher be present and help supplement classroom activities. A wide range of teaching techniques are used, including question and answer, group discussion, role-play, and workbook exercises. Click on the images below to visit the D.A.R.E. New Jersey and national websites.
Byram Township's DARE program is funded by the Lenape Municipal Alliance, a non-profit community based organization that relies on volunteers from the community to establish and continue anti-drug programs in Byram Township, Stanhope Borough and Netcong Boro.