The Williamson County Anti-Drug Coalition (WCADC) held its first annual awards banquet on June 20, 2016 at Granite City.

The banquet was for current coalition members and partners to celebrate accomplishments over the last year. The coalition gave out two awards at the banquet, one for an Outstanding Coalition Member and one for an Outstanding Coalition Partner. These awards are for those who show great dedication for the mission of the coalition and go out of their way to help create a drug-free community in Williamson County. The Franklin Police Department was honored for the Outstanding Community Partner Award.

The Franklin Police Department has been a long time partner with the WCADC and together they have conducted alcohol compliance checks to assure local businesses are properly selling alcohol, provided impaired driving education and simulations at community events, held drug-take backs to collect unwanted or expired medicine and provided a meeting space free of charge to the coalition once a month.

Maurice receiving award, from left, Alex Windings (Coalition Coordinator), Maurice Box and Kristi Sylvester (Coalition Chair)
Maurice receiving award, from left, Alex Windings (Coalition Coordinator), Maurice Box and Kristi Sylvester (Coalition Chair)

“Our partnership with the WCADC is extremely valuable to the Police Department.  Officers work with coalition members on a regular basis in an attempt to stop drug and alcohol abuse.  They are a tremendous asset to the citizens of Williamson County,” Franklin Police Chief Deborah Faulkner said.

Sgt. Maurice Box, civil operator with the National Guard Counter Drug Taskforce, was awarded as Outstanding Coalition Member.

“I was extremely shocked,” said Box, who has been a member of the coalition for several years. “I’m just doing my job and I really appreciate the coalition for seeing me as deserving of this award.”

“Maurice is one of the most deserving people I know. I was glad we were able to honor his service to the coalition tonight,” said Alex Windings

The mission of the WCADC is to implement effective strategies that prevent substance use among youth by building strong partnerships to help support a healthy, drug-free community. This banquet was organized by the WCADC’s executive board and staff to show appreciation to their community partners and members who go above and beyond to help prevent substance abuse in our county.

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