In 2012, the Halton Regional Police Service undertook a review of the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program. This led to the development of a new, 'made in Halton' program known as B.R.A.V.O. (Building Respect, Attitudes and Values with Others).
Created in partnership with the Halton District School Board, the Halton Catholic District School Board, and members of the Halton Independent Schools, B.R.A.V.O. is taught by a team of Elementary School Liaison Officers (ESLOs) to Grade 6 students regionwide.
It consists of eight lessons, followed by a culminating activity and celebration. The program builds on topics presented in D.A.R.E. such as decision making, peer relationships and substance abuse (tobacco, marihuana and alcohol), and features new areas of study, including bullying, cyber bullying, Internet safety, social media, and youth and the law.
Lesson 1 - Introduction to the B.R.A.V.O. Program / S.T.A.R. Decision Making Model
Lesson 2 - Peer Pressure
Lesson 3 - Tobacco and Marihuana Use
Lesson 4 - Alcohol Misuse
Lesson 5 - Bullying and Cyber Bullying
Lesson 6 - Internet and Social Media
Lesson 7 - Youth Actions, Consequences and the Law
Lesson 8 - Culminating Activities: Respect, Attitudes, Values and the B.R.A.V.O. Program
Lesson 9 - The B.R.A.V.O. Celebration
BRAVO Family Extensions
B.R.A.V.O. was piloted in Spring, 2013 and was implemented the following September.
A follow-up program, B.R.A.V.O. Encore, will be delivered to Grade 7 and 8 students. When launched, the two-week programs will reinforce curriculum taught in B.R.A.V.O. as well as add other topics of importance, such as the Service's High School Liaison Officers (HSLOs).
B.R.A.V.O. and B.R.A.V.O. Encore are aligned with learning objectives set out by the Ministry of Education of Ontario.
"BRAVO means building respect, attitudes, and values with others. During this experience we have learned how to make good decisions and how to maturely reflect on those decision’s, we have learned to deal with peer pressure in a way that is responsible not only for ourselves but for the others around us. We have learned about the misuses of alcohol, marihuana and tobacco. By knowing this information we have set up our future for success because knowing the consequences for our actions can help us make the right decision." - Grace, St. Mildred’s Lightbourn School
For more information, contact:
1 District (Acton, Halton Hills and Milton)
Sgt. Tom Hockney
905-878-5511 ext. 2467
2 District (Oakville)
A/Sgt. Marc Taraso
905-825-4747 ext. 2250
3 District (Burlington)
Sgt. Steve Siomra
905-825-4747 ext. 5355