Arab Police Department starts its drug and safety community outreach program

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ARAB, Ala. -- The Arab Police Department is starting up its Drug and Safety Education outreach program.

Brightly colored pamphlets, booklets, and other pieces of informative material are scattered in schools, the Senior Center, and multiple organizations across Arab. "This has been one of our more successful programs as far as reaching out to the public," Chief Ed Ralston says, "We have an individual from L.A.W. Publications come to our department. He gets an authorized letter from us and he goes around and meets with a number of business people and they purchase ads, and then he gives us different brochures."

Geared toward families, the materials have tips and information on situations that affect the elderly, teens, and kids. "How to be safe and secure for senior citizens, to the latest drugs and abuse of those drugs. There's also some bullying pamphlets, sexting pamphlets," Ralston says.

The department provides the material across the city. "We try to give to everybody we can," Ralston explains, "It's free to anybody. If any of the public wants to come by, we lay some out in our lobby. It's just things everybody should be aware of and sometimes they're not."

The department is working to get the updated material, but current information is available for free at the police station.