KISSIMMEE, Fla., February 14, 2012 – A nationwide program designed to make neighborhoods safer, protect children from harm and reduce crime has been cancelled, due to lack of funding.
The National Crime Prevention Council announced last week that its McGruff Truck program had been discontinued, effective immediately. The message of the McGruff Truck program was simple: “We’ll call for help”. Each driver of a McGruff Truck was specially trained to summon appropriate help when flagged down by a child or individual in distress. A McGruff Truck was easy to spot because large decals were placed on the front and rear sections of participating utility vehicles.
Kissimmee Utility Authority, which joined the program in 2002, was the first utility in Florida to join the program and had more than 100 vehicles registered as McGruff Trucks.
The McGruff Truck stickers are being removed from all KUA vehicles.
Founded in 1901, KUA (http://kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 64,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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Chris M. Gent