“DARE” to Make a Difference

The Saline County Sheriff’s Office has a new prevention officer, and a new vehicle.

Deputy Rob Little, who has been with the agency for five years, is the new prevention officer.

Little tells KSAL News that among other things, he will teach drug abuse resistance education, or DARE, to students at Salina Sacred Heart, St. John’s Military School, Southeast of Saline, and Ell-Saline. He will also organize demonstrations and teach things like seat belt safety, child seat safety, and impaired driving prevention. He will also be a part of other agency activities and events including a summer fishing event, and events around the Tri-Rivers Fair.

As part of his new position, Little has a new vehicle to drive, totally funded through donations. He will be driving a 2013 Ford Explorer donated by Salina car dealership Long McArthur. The dealer also paid for the vehicle to be wrapped with logos. Sign Pro and Pro Wrap took care of wrapping the SUV. A front push bumper was donated by Thunderstruck, and lights and radio equipment were donated by Ka-Comm of Salina.

When Little isn’t using the SUV for his prevention duties, it can be used for other purposes including emergency response.

The SUV has a little over 60,000 miles on it, and replaces a 2008 model that also had been donated by Long McArthur.

Little says one of the first major purposes the new SUV will serve is providing his transportation to a DARE training event in Tennessee.

Little is taking over the prevention officer position from long-time Deputy Scott Trembley, who has been reassigned to the agency’s investigations division.

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The SUV is totally funded though donations.