WPPD receive 4-County Foundation Inc. grant for Tasers

By: 
DONNA SUMMERALL
Staff Writer

The West Point Police Department have received a 4-County Foundation Inc., Grant for $9,781.25, for the purchase of new Tasers.
"We have received the 4-County Foundation Inc., Grant before," Capt. Virginia Rich said. "But this one was specifically for Tasers. Having less than lethal options for law enforcement is very important now. We are so pleased to have this new equipment."

The grant allowed for the purchase of Tasers, holsters and cartridges.
The official award ceremony is tentatively set for Dec. 3, at noon at the corporate office. Due to COVID-19, the ceremony may be virtual. It will be announced closer to the date.

Rich said the WPPD will have its annual Toy Drive to help needy families during the Christmas Season.
"We are currently accepting donations of toys, or monetary donations," Rich said. "We will not have it where the children come in and pick out a toy and sit on Santa's lap. It isn't feasible this year."
Rich said they want to be sure the safely and health of the children are a top priority. The event will probably be drive through, with Santa there to wave and wish children a Merry Christmas.
Any and all help from the community to help make Christmas brighter for area children is appreciated.

Lt. Tara Sloan will be on hand for the D.A.R.E. program graduation at 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at Oak Hill Academy for the fifth grade students who took part in the program during the semester.
"D.A.R.E. graduation will take place in the Oak Hill Academy gymnasium," Sloan said. "We hope to be able to bring the D.A.R.E. program to Fifth Street School, when the children return to the classroom."
Visionary Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates and the Los Angeles Unified School District in 1983 launched an unprecedented and innovative substance abuse prevention education program – Drug Abuse Resistance Education.
With each passing year, D.A.R.E.’s success was seen in classrooms and homes leading to rapid growth and expansion. As each decade passed and success increased, the challenges facing children and families also grew. Today, through the leadership of D.A.R.E.’s dedicated Board of Directors, and the tireless commitment and hard work of tens of thousands of officers and educators throughout America and around the globe, D.A.R.E strives each day to achieve its vital mission… to fulfill a vision.

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