Support wanted for G.R.E.A.T. program

Published 10:41pm Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Selma Police Department has put in a tremendous effort in combating the spread of drugs and gangs within Selma. Now, they are looking to take their message into the schools, thanks to the help from a local business and one good-looking car.

In conjunction with the G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education and Training) program, the department, along with partnership from Randall Miller, owner of Miller Funeral Home, will use a confiscated Dodge Magnum, educated resource officers and an in-depth curriculum to share with area children the dangers of being involved with gangs and gang violence.

As part of this project, Miller has signed on to help raise money to fund the program and the training, as well as redesign the car for the department to use as a marketing tool.

“There is a problem in our community with violence, drugs and gangs and we need to do everything we can to make sure our children are educated, protected,” Miller said. “I am just honored to be a part of this effort and honored the department would want my help.”

Miller is working to solicit other businesses and individuals in Selma and Dallas County to join him to ensure the program is a success by contributing to the program.

For a minimum contribution of $300, a business or individual will have their name, or business’ name, printed on the skirting of the car for the next three years. The department will use the car when it visits schools, as well as being part of the department’s public appearances in parades, festivals and other community functions.

Selma Chief of Police William Riley said the department has not started the program yet and is waiting on Miller’s efforts to raise the money needed to send officers off for the needed training and get the car redesigned.

“At this point, we have officers who are ready to get the training and we have the car,” Riley said. “We just need to get the funds in place before taking the next step.

“This is a great program and we have seen it work in other communities,” Riley said. “We can’t thank Mr. Miller enough for stepping up and taking the lead on this effort.”

Riley said it is his hope to have everything in place in the coming months.

Any area businesses or individuals that would like to make a donation to this program can contact Miller at 874-9081. For more information on the G.R.E.A.T. Program, visit www.great-online.org.

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