Waco law enforcement takes part in Red Ribbon Week

POSTED: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 11:26am
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:53am

Local law enforcement officers will be observing Red Ribbon Week on October 26th-28th by sharing the anti-drug message with students who attend schools in the McLennan County area.

During the observance, law enforcement officers remember DEA Agent Enrique (Kiki) Camarena, who was kidnapped and brutally murdered in February of 1985 by members of the drug cartel. Agent Camarena left behind a wife and three children. He had been in Mexico for four and half years tracking marijuana and cocaine suspects and is just one example of those who have risked their lives to combat drugs. Red Ribbon Week is a time to show intolerance for drugs in our schools, work places and communities.

The brutal murder of Agent Camarena was a catalyst for the National Family Partnership (formerly known as the National Federation of Parents for Drug Free Youth) to sponsor the first Red Ribbon Campaign in 1988, with President and Mrs. Reagan serving as honorary chairpersons.

Agencies and organizations that will be participating in this year’s campaign include the
Waco Police Department, Waco Crime Stoppers, Woodway Department of Public Safety, McLennan County Sheriff's Office, Hewitt Police Department, TABC (Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission), ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms), Teen Safe, (DEA) Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Texas Department of Public Safety.

From October 26th thru October 28th, representatives from these agencies will travel to schools across McLennan County to share an anti-drug message with the students. South Bosque Elementary, Woodway Elementary, Meadowbrook Elementary, China Spring Elementary, Lake Waco Montessori Elementary, Alta Vista Elementary, Connally Elementary , Axtell Elementary and West Avenue Elementary are to be visited during this campaign.

From Waco Police Department

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