Background on the New Pocatello/Chubbuck D.A.R.E Car
In 2009 the Pocatello Police Department took on a project to create a bold new D.A.R.E. vehicle. The old D.A.R.E. car had several mechanical problems and the decision was made to replace the vehicle. Funding for the vehicle came from local business and the Bannock County D.A.R.E. Board. No tax payer funds were used in the making of the car. The car was also made as a living tribute to long time D.A.R.E. Officer Dan Gilbert who recently passed away from Lou Gehrig's disease. One of Officer Gilbert's friends Dean Molder, 1st approached D.A.R.E. Officer Kevin Nielsen about getting a new car, and used his contacts to help make the car what it is today. The car features a custom airbrush flames. Inside the flames are 8 hidden “ghost” messages that say “just say no”, “D.A.R.E.” and “not even once.” The car also features a trunk mount for an LED TV. Officers can use this features to play videos or PowerPoint lessons from the back of the car. Essentially the car becomes a teaching tool as well as a show car.
The car was unveiled at the 2010 ISU Chrome in the Dome Car show, and then put to work in the Pocatello and Chubbuck Elementary Schools.
In September of 2010 the new D.A.R.E car won a national award (see: The Idaho State Journal Article) from Law and Order Magazine, taking 1st place in the nation for best D.A.R.E. graphics.