Ville Platte Police Chief Neal Lartigue is pleased to announce that Detective Charles Patrick Hall recently completed a two week training program which now makes him a certified D.A.R.E. instructor. Hall attended training in Pineville which was coordinated out of the Louisiana D.A.R.E. training center located at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office in Lake Charles. The D.A.R.E. program is funded through the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and is a great asset to the youth of the city. Charles Hall is looking forward to working with the students and helping them make safer, smart choices. Better choices for these students will help prevent future drug related problems like addiction and arrest. “We are proud of our D.A.R.E. students and do the best we can to encourage them to continue to make smart choices.” Chief Lartigue said, “Adding a second D.A.R.E. Officer allows us to reach out further and work more closely with our youth.” Chief Lartigue stated that now there are two qualified D.A.R.E. Officers at the Ville Platte Police Department which will allow Hall and Captain Duplechain to better serve the public schools in the city.