Manchester Police DARE Car Wins High Honor

Car took prize at DARE conference in Atlantic City

The DARE car was awarded a high honor at a recent conference for the anti-drug and violence initiative.

Officers took home the second place award for best in show at the state conference held in Atlantic City in late February, said Lt. Robert Dolan in a statement.

"This event was a culmination of the hard work and effort put forward by the DARE Officers of the Manchester Township Police," Dolan said.

The decoration of the car — a 2002 Nissan Altima which was part of a drug seizure made by police — was spearheaded by Patrolmen Shawn Cavalcante and Marc Micciulla, Dolan said.

The officers worked to create a design that reflected the mascots of the township's three elementary schools — Ridgeway, Whiting and Manchester Township, Dolan said. 

Painted on the hood of the car above the character representatives of the schools is the slogan "teaming up against drugs and voilence."

"The original design transformed the vehicle into an eye catching and award winning vehicle," Dolan said. 

Cavalcante and Micciulla, along with fellow DARE officer Sgt. Charles Brooks, were able to secure sponsorships from local businesses including Under Cover Upholstery in Manchester, Holiday Service Center, Blue Line Emergency Lighting and Air Graphix in Toms River, and Sound Waves in Brick, Dolan said. Funds from the DARE clothing recycling program also helped to pay for the project. 

The DARE car will travel to township schools and community events, Dolan said, in an effort to encourage Manchester's youth to "resist drugs, alcohol, tobacco and violence."

gary April 11, 2012 at 02:30 PM
ballyjduf it is becoming more and more obvious that you are in some way affiliated with MPD so stop being a cheerleader because half of what you say makes no sense and is simply ego driven go back to work. you seem to have alot of reasons to say why the are the most professional PD in Ocean County...seriously dont be so forward because you look more and more like a cop or mechanic or some employee of the township. Stop embarassing them and put your pom poms away.
Fly340 April 11, 2012 at 10:18 PM
All the hard work you guys went through paid off. Manchester is the best PD.
Bobbi April 11, 2012 at 11:44 PM
With no disrespect to Manchester PD..we should honor all police officers through the entire state. May 13-19 is National Police Week. In memory of many in honor of all.
watchdawg April 13, 2012 at 04:00 PM
good work on the dare program guys
ballyjduf April 14, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Hey Gary , I am retired and in my late sixties . I have nothing to do MPD now or ever. I live in Lakehurst . So there goes your therory .


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