News release - 11/1/2013

Published 11/1/2013 (all press releases for this day)

Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



INCIDENT: Oxnard Police DRAGG Car and Program heading to Las Vegas for International Show, see it off today
DATE/TIME: Friday, November 1, 2013 / 2:00pm
LOCATION: 2250 Celsius Unit P Oxnard CA 93030
Sergeant Charles Woodruff, DRAGG Inc. Director

DETAILS: New Oxnard Police DRAGG Car (photo rendering below) and Program to be featured by Ford Motor Company for the 2013 International SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV next week.  Come see the car off, loaded onto a truck that will transport it, today, Friday November 1, 2013 at 2:00pm (location and details above.)

How can fast cars keep kids off the streets and focused on their future?  Nationally, with homicide being the second leading cause for death for youth ages 10 to 24, there is a lot at stake. In Oxnard, California, 30% of the teens are under the age of 18. The youth today are pelted with daily temptations… why not make it something positive?  Sergeants Charles Woodruff and Daniel Shrubb of the Oxnard Police Department took these statistics to heart. They started the Drag Racing Against Gangs and Graffiti (DRAGG) youth mentoring program. It is a unique non-profit after school program for young people ages 16 to 18 that has heads turning and has caught the eye and interest of the next generation of automotive consumers. DRAGG’s objective is to provide the next generation with a positive learning environment while introducing them to career opportunities in the automotive industry, driver safety, leadership skills and the value of customer service. Program participants also receive high school credit for program participation.
They began with a car, a 2006 Mustang GT energized with a V-2 Vortech Supercharger, Borla exhaust and a head turning police package compete with lights and siren. With 500 horsepower, it is the magnet that attracts the kids to learn more! For the 16 to 18-age group it is all about speed and flash! DRAGG comes with both. What better way to help the next generation stay focused on their future. This car was featured at the 2011 SEMA car exhibit.
With the assistance of the Ford Motor Company, we are BACK for the 2013 SEMA Show and we have made our concept car a reality! This unique “rally” themed Ford Focus ST Police vehicle is the real deal! It’s all the aggressive rally appeal with the law enforcement flavor. This eye catching Focus ST includes a turbo-charged engine with inter-cooler system that is sure to focus kids on the road to success.
Look for our unveiling event in November 2013! If you would like to learn more about our program, please contact us at 805-97DRAGG (805-975-3244). In addition, we provide progress on our program and shop projects on our website take a cruise by at A Youth Automotive Program Racing For Success!

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