Will County Sheriff Mike Kelley is announcing the unveiling of the “Hidden In Plain Sight” trailer that made its debut in June at a Beecher Heroin Abuse Community event. The trailer is designed to recreate a teenager’s bedroom in order to educate parents of the many potential places that their teen might hide alcohol, tobacco, or drugs. The overall goal of the trailer is to teach parents how to spot inconspicuous hiding places and to assist parents with recognizing behavioral warning signs, where to seek support, and where to get help.
Sheriff Mike Kelley stated, “It is a known fact that early intervention is the key to prevention. It is imperative that we, as parents, be vigilant and aware of what is going on with our teens and to be pro-active in guiding them down the right path in life. This trailer is a wonderful tool for our parents and our community.”
The Hidden In Plain Sight trailer was repurposed from the Sheriff’s Office after being previously used for other projects. The inside was created with the help of Habitat for Humanity, who supplied the bedroom furniture. Private citizens and Sheriff’s Office employees graciously donated various items to complete the bedroom atmosphere.
Since its debut, the Sheriff’s Office has been out in the community with the trailer at various events. This weekend it is stationed at the Will County Fair. On September 5th, the trailer will be at Joliet West High School, 401 N. Larkin Avenue in Joliet from 4pm to 7pm. That evening the Will County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition will be presenting A Parent and Youth Forum. It’s open to the public and it’s free.
What a better way to expand your event than having the Hidden In Plain Sight trailer there! Whether it be for a town festival, parent organization meeting, or any other event where parents/guardians are gathered, contact us and we will be happy to accommodate you. To request the trailer please visit www.willcosheriff.org and submit a request. –end-