Ex-Baker officer accused of stealing money from DARE students

BAKER (AP) — State police have arrested a former veteran Baker police officer accused of soliciting money from students for

two programs he coordinated for the police department.

Forty-seven-year-old Jason Doyle, a former

Drug Abuse Resistance Education officer and Police Cadet Coordinator, is

accused

of asking DARE students to help pay for a graduation program from

2009-12. The arrest warrant says Doyle also solicited

money for the Cadet Program.

Police Chief Mike Knaps said the DARE program is funded by the police department through a federal grant and there is no need

for children or their families to pay for any costs.

Troopers booked Doyle Wednesday into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of theft and malfeasance.

It was unclear whether Doyle has an attorney.