Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Vote for Idaho! Red Ribbon Kickoff Video in National Competition

Take a minute to VOTE for Idaho's Red Ribbon Week event!

Boise, March 20, 2012 - Last year's Red Ribbon Rally at the Statehouse was exciting, inspiring and a lot of fun for all those who took part, and even those who watched the local media coverage the event attracted. Now, a video of the event produced by the Boise Police Department and Drug Free Idaho has been chosen among the top six in a national competition! The winner gets $100 and a new camera, but the biggest prize is the national honor of being named the national Red Ribbon Star!

  "We're very proud of all the Idaho schools, businesses, law enforcement agencies and other partners we have at Drug
Free Idaho. That spirit definitely comes across in the contagious enthusiasm of our annual Red Ribbon Week event!" said Marianne King, Executive Director of Drug Free Idaho.

  "Being acknowledged by the national organization a huge honor. But we really hope Idaho walks away with the most votes as best Red Ribbon event in the country!"

  The Red Ribbon Week Kickoff at the Idaho Statehouse last October featured:

  Eagle High School Jazz Band

  City of Boise Pipes & Drums

  Treasure Valley Young Marine Color Guard

  Shadow Hills Elementary School Choir

  Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter

  Boise Police Department K-9 Unit Demonstration                                                                                

Student Speakers:

  Harrison Clement from Boise's Sacred Heart Catholic School

  Sam Nelson, Hunter Elementary, Meridian

  Connor Gilliland, Emilee Harris, Amity Elementary, Boise


   Thomas Byrd, Boise State Football player

   Lindsay Roberts, BSU Soccer standout

   BSU Cheerleaders

   Freestyle Defensive Arts demonstration

         Please click on this link:

You'll see the Drug Free Idaho/Boise Police Dept video on the top right. Click VOTE! You will be asked your name and email to track votes but may vote for the DFI/BPD once per day during the voting period through March 31st 2012! The winner will be announced in April.

    Please tell you friends about the Red Ribbon Star contest so they can vote today!

    About the Red Ribbon Star Contest:

  The contest is sponsored by the National Family Partnership, formerly the National Federation of Parents for Drug Free Youth. The NFP was established as a grassroots, nonprofit organization in 1980 by a handful of concerned and determined parents who were convinced they should begin to play a leadership role in drug prevention. Nancy Reagan was an Honorary Chair of NFP. Since its founding thirty years ago, NFP has devoted its efforts to the well-being of youth. Today, NFP is a national leader in drug prevention education & advocacy. Our mission is to lead and support our nation's families and communities in nurturing the full potential of healthy, drug free youth.

    Thank you for your support for this contest, and most importantly for efforts to keep Idaho communities safe and healthy.