APD, DTF to hold community concerns meeting

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 11, 2012

For many, the dangers facing children and the general populous in today’s society can be overwhelming.

To help address questions on those the increasing issues such as drug use, home security and scams, the Andalusia Police Department and the Covington County Drug Task Force is sponsoring a community concerns event Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Wilbur W. Williams Law Enforcement Training Center.

Jackie Woods, school resource officer with the Andalusia Police Department and event organizer, said everyone in Covington County is invited to the event.

“This is an opportunity for members of the community to come together and discuss ongoing crimes and the growing drug problems in our homes, schools and neighborhoods,” Woods said. “Our goal is to give you an opportunity to tell us what your concerns are, where you feel we can improve and to help you to know what to look for, as well as how to keep your family safe.

“Some parents don’t know what these drugs look like, what kind of effects they can have,” he said. “We hope to educate them, and get feedback for what we as law enforcement can do.”

Woods said he hopes to seek participation from not only Andalusia area, but also from Pleasant Home, Straughn, Opp and Florala.

The center is located on Academy Drive, and citizens, parents, students, educators, healthcare providers, mayors, city council members and religious leaders are encouraged to attend.

-Stephanie Nelson