WPPD Annual Ball scheduled for Mar. 31

Former Chief of Police Bill Ladd and Judy Ladd at a previous West Point Police Department Annual Ball.
Staff Writer

The West Point Police Department is in the final planning stages for the Seventh Annual WPPD Ball, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 31 at The Civic.

Tickets are $25 per person with VIP tables available, starting at $185 to seat eight people. Larger group tables are available. Proceeds from the event fund the D.A.R.E. program in all of the local schools.

We are pleased to have the P.C. Band coming from Memphis to play for us," Linda Mitchell, event coordinator, said. "They play good dance music that everyone can enjoy."

The ball is a great way to bring the community together to listen to music, dance and have a great time, Mitchell said.

"It is formal dress," Mitchell said. "Everyone likes the opportunity to get all dressed up and go to a event. The PC Band AKA Perfect Combination, will be taking requests. They can play anything. From the smooth sounds of the 70s, the fun dance music from the 80s all the way to the pop music of today."

She said Anson Bryant, better known as DJ Blu Boi, will also be taking requests and playing all the hits.

"Our theme is "Building a Relationship in the Community We Serve," Mitchell said. "That is our goal, to be accessible to everyone in the community. We want people to get to know us and to be approachable. These types of events are a great way for people to get to know their police department better."

Proceeds from the event will fund the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Program.

WPPD Chief, Avery Cook, said Tina Sloan will be in charge of the D.A.R.E. Program for the schools in West Point and Clay County.

"D.A.R.E. usually targets children in the fifth grade," Cook said. "It's good age to educate them on the dangers of drugs, tobacco and alcohol. Usually they start thinking they know everything in the sixth grade. From then on, it's peer pressure, trying to be cool and they start getting into trouble."

Cook said the drugs have changed in the past few years. It is very important that children understand how dangerous drugs are today.

"SPICE is something parents today have never seen," Cook said. "Its a synthetic marijuana, full of chemicals that can affect a person's brain and make them do crazy things. Kids are getting into their parents and grandparents medicine cabinets to take whatever they can find."

Kids will huff aerosol cans, anything they can to get a quick high, Cook said.

"We want to educate them to help keep them out of trouble," Cook said. "The D.A.R.E. Program is the perfect way to reach a lot of kids in that age group. We all want what's best for the kids in our community and education is the key."

Cook said children need to understand the choices they make have consequences, bad choices have bad consequences.

"It doesn't matter what neighborhood you're from, what school you go to," Cook said. "The drugs are there. Don't think they aren't. The D.A.R.E Program helps kids understand the dangers. We want to make sure the program continues for a long time. Buying a ticket to the ball ensures that D.A.R.E. will continue."

For more information or to purchase tickets call Linda Mitchell, 494-1244.