Apache Junction police celebrate Red Ribbon Week

LOGO AJPD Red Ribbon Week


The Apache Junction Police Department invites the community to take a visible stand against drugs by celebrating Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 23-31.

Red Ribbon Week raises awareness of drug use and the problem related to drugs facing a community and encourages parents, educators, business owners and other community organizations to promote drug-free lifestyles, according to a press release.

“Red Ribbon Week encourages our entire community to adopt healthy, drug-free lifestyles,” Chief Thomas E. Kelly said in a press release. “The campaign brings together parents, schools and businesses as we look for innovative ways to keep kids and communities drug free.”

The red ribbon symbolizes a continuing commitment to reducing the demand for illicit drugs in communities. In 1985, Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Enrique S. “Kiki” Camarena was killed by drug traffickers. Shortly after Agent Camarena’s death, citizens from his hometown of Calexico, California, began wearing red ribbons to remember him and commemorate his sacrifice. In 1988 Congress established Red Ribbon Week as a way to nationally make a stand against drugs.

“Red Ribbon Week gives us the opportunity to be vocal and visible in our efforts to achieve a drug-free community,” said Chief Kelly. “Research shows that children are less likely to use alcohol and other drugs when parents and other role models are clear and consistent in their opposition to substance use and abuse. Being a retired DEA agent the Red Ribbon Campaign is especially important to me. Agent Camerena was one of my peers killed during my early years on the job. This campaign was one of many put into place by his family and many supporters to bring attention to “lives lost” due to drug usage. I encourage all of us to remember those lost to this scourge and set a good example and be drug free.”

To show support for living a drug-free lifestyle, citizens can pick up a red ribbon and/or silicone bracelet reading “Living Drug Free” at the Apache Junction Police Department, 1001 N. Idaho Road; Apache Junction Parks and Recreation, 1001 N. Idaho Road; the Apache Junction Public Library, 1177 N. Idaho Road; or the Apache Junction Multi-generational Center, 1035 N. Idaho Road.  Materials are limited so they will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information about Red Ribbon Week, visit the event website.

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