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Indianapolis Metro Police are in the community today working with youth on the issue of drug usage prevention. IMPD is hosting the award ceremony for the “Healthy Reasons to ‘Say No to Drugs’ Poster/Essay Contest.” It’s a program that encourages middle and high school-aged students to not use drugs by presenting their reasons to ‘Say No’ in a positive and creative way through the poster or essay they create. The contest also provides the students an opportunity to gain recognition for their artistic talent and creative writing skills. This program which has now served the students of Indianapolis for 34 years, also gives them a chance to think on a deeper level about the impact of drugs on our community and in society.

The ceremony will be held at JTV Hill Community Center, located at 1806 North Columbia Avenue, beginning at 10 a.m. During it, IMPD expects to give 27 awards to students who entered from multiple school districts across the area, including Indianapolis Public Schools, Franklin Township, Washington Township, Warren Township, several charters, and other schools within Marion County. David Hampton, Indianapolis Deputy Mayor for Neighborhoods; IMPD Chief Troy Riggs; and IPS Police Chief, Steve Garner are all expected to be in attendance cheering on the students.

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