Baker Police officer arrested for illegally soliciting funds for DARE program

Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 1:48pm

A former Baker Police Officer was arrested yesterday for allegedly soliciting funds illegally from schools for the DARE program.

The Louisiana State Police reports that its agency was contacted by Baker Police Chief Mike Knaps to conduct an investigation into the actions of one of his officers. The investigation revealed that Sergeant Jason Doyle had collected money for fees related to the DARE program from students at several schools in the Baker area.

“Law enforcement officers should be held to the same, if not higher, standards as the people they protect and serve,” Chief Knaps said.

Officials say Doyle admitted to collecting over $4,000 from students over the course of three years. These fees were unauthorized because the program is funded by a federal grant.

Doyle was arrested on Thursday, Jan. 30 for Theft and Malfeasance in Office.

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