1,500 Kingman people turned out for drug prevention, public safety expo

KPD/Courtesy<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->From left, Mayor John Salem, Kingman Police Chief Bob DeVries, Elizabeth Kempshall, executive director of Arizona HIDTA, John Blackburn Jr., executive director of Arizona Criminal Justice Commission, and Gerald Richard, assistant Arizona Attorney General, lead the “Walk Away from Drugs” Wednesday.

KPD/Courtesy<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->From left, Mayor John Salem, Kingman Police Chief Bob DeVries, Elizabeth Kempshall, executive director of Arizona HIDTA, John Blackburn Jr., executive director of Arizona Criminal Justice Commission, and Gerald Richard, assistant Arizona Attorney General, lead the “Walk Away from Drugs” Wednesday.

KINGMAN - Despite the weather, the 5th Annual Walk Away from Drugs and the Keep Kingman Safe Public Safety Expo held Wednesday evening at Centennial Park was deemed a success by the Kingman Police Department. The department estimated 1,500 people turned out for the event.

Local dignitaries who participated in the event and spoke to the crowd included Kingman Police Chief Bob DeVries, Kingman Mayor John Salem, Hualapai Tribal Police Chief Francis Bradley, Kingman Unified School District Superintendant Roger Jacks and Kingman Academy of Learning District Administrator Susan Chan.

Visiting state dignitaries who participated in the event and spoke included Elizabeth Kempshall, executive director of Arizona High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area; John Blackburn Jr., executive director of the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission; and Gerald Richard, assistant Arizona Attorney General.

In the weeks leading up to the event, a poster contest was held at area schools where students in several different grade and age categories were challenged to submitted posters with a theme of "Walk Away from Drugs." Members of the Kingman Area METH Coalition selected first place winners and runners up. Prizes awarded to the winners during Wednesday's event included a mini laptop computer, four Sony digital cameras, one Apple I-Pod Touch and two Nintendo DS.

The Kingman Area METH Coalition would like to thank the following sponsors:

City of Kingman; Discount Signs; H&H Printers; Kingman Area Regional Transit; Kingman Daily Miner; Kingman Elks Lodge; Kingman Police Department; Kingman Regional Medical Center; McKee Foods; Mohave County Sheriff's Office; Monica J. Busch Investments; Mohave Mental Health Clinics; Mother Road Harley Davidson; MSTEPP; MCTUPP; Northern Arizona Regional Behavior Health Authority; Power House Kiwanis; Smith Food & Drug; Taco Bell - Desert De Oro Foods (Crystal Burge); WECOM; and Art Stiers from LA Sounds for the music and sound.