APD expects to ‘arrest’ many for RFL Wednesday

Published 11:59 pm Monday, April 6, 2009

April Fool’s Day might have passed, but the Andalusia Police Department has a sure fire way to pull a good one over on friends all while contributing a worthwhile cause as its Relay for Life team sponsors “Arrest a Friend” on Wednesday.

“This is the first time ever the APD has had a Relay for Life team and we wanted to do something more lighthearted to help raise money to find a cure for the dreaded ‘c’ word – cancer,” Chief Wilbur Williams said. “This was the first thing that came to mind. It was used a number of years ago – maybe 10 to 12. It was fairly popular then, and we hope it will be now.”

Williams said locals can call in a “warrant” on an unsuspecting friend and set a bond they want them held on.

“That cash is paid to Relay for Life,” he said. “We’re going to call people and let them know they have a warrant and how much their bond is. We’re hoping people are going to be good citizens and turn themselves in.

“But for those hard core cases and repeat offenders, we have officers who have volunteered to go pick people up,” he said. “We’re hoping people will come by the square and make their donation in a good nature. It’s a way to kick in a little something for the effort in the fight against cancer.”

The event will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Prestwood Building on the west side of the Square. There is a $1 charge to sign a warrant and minimum bond is $25. For more information or to sign out a warrant, call the APD at 222-1155, ext. 3106.

This is the first of two APD Relay fundraisers. Plans are now underway May 6 fundraiser set to include a dunking booth, with “a few prominent individuals spending time in the booth,” Williams said.