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East Liverpool leverages community help in war against drugs and crime

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A city with limited resources looks to handle the problem of drug trafficking head on.

The city of East Liverpool is leveraging more eyes and ears to join them in the fight to help them drive crime from neighborhoods. In the city with about 11,000 residents, there are not enough police officers to be everywhere 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. So the community is rolling out a program and tip line asking people who live in neighborhoods to join them in helping fight the war on drugs and clean up crime street by street. The anonymous tip line to call if you see something is 330-385-1234 Option 2.

The city's Safety Service Director said, "We need the community to get involved to help us identify what's going on in certain areas. If you have a neighbors house that people are constantly going in and out of the home, and strange cars with people you've never seen are pulling up at all hours of the day and night, call and let police know that. It takes us longer to find out what is going on. Police can't be everywhere all the time."

About a month prior to officer Chris Green's brush with a deadly accidental overdose, Green had suggested the idea of a crime tip line to help make neighborhoods safer and rid the city of dealers bringing the heroin, fentanyl and carfentanil into East Liverpool. Green did an interview with WFMJ news during his first day back to work. Green said, "I can't understand why someone would daily put that into their body and want to feel that way is beyond me. Three days after the accidental overdose I finally started to feel semi human. There is no way the drug dealers are winning. They are not going to being this poison into the city. I was born in East Liverpool. I have a passion for the city and I intend to stay here." Green had to be revived with narcan and revived again at the hospital, after he and his partner made an arrest of two suspected drug dealers who allegedly busted open bags of fentanyl in an effort to destroy evidence.

 Green and the police officers on the force who fight the war on drugs and crime daily, want the dealers to leave East Liverpool. The city's Mayor   ??
 and Safety Service Director are backing the idea. The city has signs advertising the anonymous crime tip line. People can buy them at city hall for $35 each. Safety Service Director Allan said, "It's completely anonymously. You don't need to leave your name unless you want to. The calls will be taken seriously. We are asking for people to have patience. We can't just kick in a door. Just because you call and you don't see an immediate response it doesn't mean something behind the scenes like surveillance needed to build a criminal case is not taking place. Please be patient with us. It takes time."

Helpful information would include the date, time, address of the activity taking place, description of what is taking place and how frequent the activity takes place.  

The second part of the program will be to help residents form neighborhood watch groups so people will have help from their neighbors to help clean out crime, one street at a time. The anonymous tip line to call if you see something is 330-385-1234 Option 2.


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