D.A.R.E. program ready to roll

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After several months of working to put together a funding plan, the Craig Police Department is ready to make the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program high profile.

The department plans to purchase a car with D.A.R.E. decals, making the program more visible.

"Primarily, this will help emphasize the program and help keep it visible in the community and in the minds of kids who have been through the program," Police Chief Walt Vanatta said. "It's something younger kids can relate to other than a patrol car."

Craig Ford has agreed to provide the car and pay for half of its purchase price up to $9,000. Vanatta has received verbal confirmation from Tri-State Generation and Transmission and Trapper Mine Inc., and is awaiting confirmation from the Colowyo Coal Company contribution committee for the remainder of the funding.

All four companies will be listed on the car in decals as contributors.

The car will be a black, Ford Explorer with D.A.R.E. graphics. According to Vanatta, it will probably be a program car one which has been used as a rental car.

The car will be assigned to one of the school resource officers so it will have a daily presence in the school district.

"It's our primary goal to keep the program more visible in the community," Vanatta said.

The D.A.R.E. program is a cooperative effort between the police department and the Moffat County Sheriff's Department to teach children the hazards of using drugs or alcohol and how to say "no" to people who might encourage them to do so.

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