Business and community leaders representing the Crime Prevention Advisory Council of Los Angeles presented a $50,000 check to Police Chief Daryl F. Gates Wednesday to help fund the assignment of police officers to the Police Department's Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program.
Council officials said the donation will help offset the cost of reassigning 10 veteran officers to classroom "beats," where they will teach a 17-week anti-drug curriculum to elementary school students.
"This donation is more than a simple community service effort, it's also good business," said advertising executive Robert Buckingham, the council's chairman. "This contribution to DARE is really an investment in our future, an investment in our children. It's our best hope for a drug-free work force."