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Former Baker DARE officer arrested

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BAKER- A former Baker Police Department DARE officer has been arrested as part of Louisiana State Police investigation, accused of taking money from students.

Baker Police Chief Mike Knaps says Jason Doyle resigned last summer because of department policy issues. Knaps says when a new officer took over the school drug awareness program, he found receipts Doyle kept in his office. The receipts involved payments for DARE fees, donations and dues.

Chief Knaps says there is no reason to collect the money. He says most of the program is paid for by a state tobacco tax, and the rest of the cost is covered by the city.

Doyle is accused of taking more than $4,000 from students between 2009 and 2012. Knaps says this case disappoints him because he taught the DARE program for more than 20 years. He hopes students will learn about the importance of decisions because of the arrest.

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