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DOCAS Programs

Many successful initiatives have been developed with the guidance of police officers in all regions of Canada, and the diversity of ideas has contributed significantly to the Service's success. At present, the following programs components are available to assist communities.

For more information about these programs, please contact us at docas@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

Program Description Recent Activities
Aboriginal Shield Program The Aboriginal Shield Program (ASP) was re-launched in 2009/2010. The redesigned pilot program was created to better enable Aboriginal youth to make informed healthy lifestyle choices regarding alcohol, drugs and positive alternatives. The Program has been updated to reflect a greater diversity of Aboriginal cultures, and to incorporate the latest facts about Canadian drug issues, including emerging social challenges like Aboriginal gangs.
The Aboriginal Shield Program consists of two multi-lesson instruction booklets intended for youths in grades 5/6 and grades 7/8.
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25 representatives representing ten Aboriginal communities across Canada were trained in November 2009 and taught the program upon their arrival to their respective communities.
DOCAS HQ has not only created a parents information letter that provides a brief description about what the ASP is about, but also two additional information letters that provide an overview of the lesson plans their child will be participating in. These documents are available to the public in both official languages as well as Ojibway, Swampy Cree and Inuktitut.
D.A.R.E. The D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program is designed to equip school children with the skills to recognize and resist social pressures to experiment with tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs. The program uses uniformed officers to teach a formal curriculum to students in a classroom setting.
In 2010/11, a total of 3,087 D.A.R.E classes were conducted (each D.A.R.E class consist of 10 Lessons), 251 presentations to children in Kindergarten to grade 4 as well as presentations to 156 parents. The program reached 49,510 students in 1,071 schools and of those, 4,319 of the students were Aboriginal.
Drugs and Sport The Drugs and Sport program offers positive alternatives to drug use in young athletes. In 2009/10, the prevention concept was delivered to 2,569 amateur and professional athletes. A total of 2,424 Drugs and Sport publications were disseminated.
Drug Awareness Officers Training This training provides RCMP officers with knowledge and skills regarding addiction, prevention, drug symptomology, emerging drug issues, drug awareness service initiatives, community mobilization, facilitation skills, media messaging, age appropriate education, and drug awareness resources. One five-day Drug Awareness Officer Training (DAOT) course scheduled to be held in the fall of 2009 has been rescheduled for June 2010.
Drug Endangered Children Drug Endangered Children (DEC) DEC is an early intervention initiative that seeks to stop the cycle of child abuse caused by the exposure to drug activity. The program involves a resource guide which has been translated into French, and training programs for service delivery personnel, supervisors/managers, protocol partners and the general public. The resource manual has been completely revised with Canadian content. A facilitator guide is being created with pilot sites to be delivered in the fall of 2010.
Drugs in the Workplace Promoting a safe and drug free workplace is the goal of this program. It has eight modules that deal with various aspects of drug use in the workplace from identifying signs or symptoms to help for employees with substance abuse problems. In 2009/10, a total of 113 prevention presentations were delivered to industries and businesses across Canada.
Kids and Drugs The Kids & Drugs A Parents Guide to Prevention program is a bilingual series of facilitated community workshops, designed for Canadian parents who are concerned about preventing their children from using drugs.
The program is designed to be community led and police assisted in order to enhance its implementation and sustainability.
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There were 246 new facilitators trained from communities throughout Canada that can deliver the Kids and Drugs Program to parents. Internationally, the Canadian embassy from Caracas Venezuela requested a DOCAS expert to travel to Venezuela to participate in a week long prevention initiative which included presentations, discussions, panels, and a facilitated workshop on our Kids & Drugs program. The Canadian Embassy in Venezuela has translated our K & D parent's guide to prevention booklet in Spanish to share with their experts in prevention in Venezuela.
Synthetic Drug Initiative Project E-Aware, was rolled out in the fall of 2009; 20,000 posters entitled The Agony of Ecstasy have been distributed nationally. Project E-Aware is based on a true story of a young woman who died after consuming MDMA (Ecstasy). A poster and a web site outlining her story and information about chemical drugs have been developed to engage parents and youth and educate them of the dangers involved with synthetic drugs, more specifically Ecstasy.
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These posters were designed to direct people to a newly created website containing information and resources for parents and youth. The promotion of this initiative linked many partners such as Health Canada, CASH (Canadian Association for School Health), Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA).
During the first month of the promotional campaign, the E-Aware website was visited 2,444 times and 12,572 pages were viewed.
Synthetic Drug Initiative Clan Lab DVD An educational DVD was created in 2009 to raise awareness about the presence of clandestine drug laboratories in ordinary Canadian neighbourhoods, and the dangers resulting from these labs. The Clandestine Drug Labs DVD presentation contains a 14 minute (English) and a 22 minute (French) video intended for a high school or adult audience. DOCAS developed a presentation guide to be used when presenting the DVD in order to maximize the learning and retention of information from audiences.
The DVD can be viewed on You Tube at
(Part 1 of 2)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6O1_I7mnKzI
(Part 2 of 2)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-BHXJD2e0k