According to Sumiton Police Chief T.J. Burnette, the event aims to alert children, teens and parents about the types of drugs commonly used, their side effects and the complications that drug use can cause in their lives.
Burnette hopes that residents and church youth groups in particular will attend the event.
“In the world we live in, there are various problems — this being one — and I feel that it is important to educate children and parents, youth leaders and pastors about events leading to drug use and the outcome,” Burnette said.
Sumiton Mayor Petey Ellis also hopes the community will attend the event and encourages parents to be informed about the potential threats to their children and how to prevent them.
“It is very important to our community that the churches, schools and police department work together,” Ellis said. “People need to play an active role in preventing drugs in our community.”
Ellis, Burnette and other members of the Sumiton Police Department and Sumiton city council will be joined by Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair, Walker County Circuit Judge Hoyt Elliot, Alabama State Troopers and various pastors and youth leaders.
Sumiton’s narcotics detection dog, Sheri, will also be on hand as part of the department’s drug prevention and enforcement team. She often visits local schools for routine searches in an attempt to keep drugs out of the schools and away from the children.