Monday, October 6, 2003

Program targets drug pushers



By Perry Schaible
Enquirer contributor

NORTH COLLEGE HILL - A community frustrated by drug dealing hopes its "Turn in a Pusher" program will make a difference.

"Our goal is to flush (drugs) from North College Hill," said Police Chief Paul Toth.

That goal led to the new program, launched last week as a way for people to give police anonymous information about drug activity. Officials established the program in conjunction with the North College Hill Community Concerned Citizens Group, an organization of residents sponsored by Working in Neighborhoods, a group based in South Cumminsville.

Mayor Dan Brooks said raids have already closed several sites of known drug activity.

"We're still working on other areas which I can't comment on, but we're going to continue that push and continue to fight the drug (activity)," he said. "What that whole program is about is we want to know more."

"We need to be proactive in getting rid of this activity or it's just going to get worse," said Pat Hendricks, a two-year member of the North College Hill Community Concerned Citizens Group.

"We really want to see the drug tip sheet work for the police department, but we need to feel comfortable and confident that this drug issue is being attacked," she said.

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To use the Turn in a Pusher Program, call the police department at 521-7171 or pick up a form at City Hall or the police station on West Galbraith Road.




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