New D.A.R.E. Vehicle Patrols Norton
This past November, Fred Martin Auto Group proudly donated a new 2016 Ram Big Horn 4×4, with a 5.7L Hemi engine, and an 8-speed automatic transmission, to the Norton Police Department for use in their Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program. The pick-up is a fully functional Police vehicle with custom decals and lettering.
This donation marks the 8th vehicle in 17 years (since 1999) donated by the Fred Martin Auto Group for use in a local D.A.R.E. program.
Chief John Dalessandro of the Norton Police Department reflected on how far the program has come since it began in Norton. “In the beginning, Norton did not have a formal D.A.R.E. program. The vehicle they were initially using had been seized in a robbery. I’m extremely grateful for the support the Fred Martin Auto Group has provided our D.A.R.E. program over the years,” Chief Dalessandro said.
“It’s our way of giving back and helping the community,” said Duane Huff, Treasurer at Fred Martin Superstore. “We want to do everything we can to support childhood drug education, especially during the heroin epidemic that is devastating our community.”
“This truck replaces the D.A.R.E. truck already in use. We’ll also use it every day for patrol operations. It is a highly visible educational tool that helps take the message directly to the children.” Explained Chief Dalessandro.
The vehicle will be driven day to day by D.A.R.E. officer Patrolman Kevin Starling. Patrolman Starling will be using it as he gives presentations to area school children.
You can see the new D.A.R.E vehicle on patrol on the streets of Norton and at your local schools. Visit DARE.com for more information on this incredible program!