Giving help to and getting help from local law enforcement was the main topic of the first meeting held Wednesday for a new Neighborhood Drug Watch in the City of Butler.
“We’re here because we have a drug crisis and not a single person here can do it on their own,” Butler City Police Lieutenant Chad Rensel said. “The police department can’t do it on their own. We need your help. How you can help us is by calling the police. If you see a crime in progress, if you think there’s a crime in progress, call 911.”
About 40 people attended Wednesday’s meeting inside Butler’s Public Safety Building. Former city councilwoman Kathy Kline is leading the effort and organized the meeting.
The city police department has set up an email account where residents can leave information about drug dealing and other crimes if they aren’t comfortable calling 911. The email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reports of drug activity can also be made to the Butler County Drug Task Force by calling 1-800-END-DRUGS.
The Neighborhood Drug Watch movement started in Butler County with a goal of educating, helping with recovery and assisting law enforcement. Members of Butler City Council and Butler County Commissioner Kevin Boozel attended Wednesday’s gathering.
The next meeting of this group is not yet scheduled. The group will likely meet every other month or quarterly. Visit the Neighborhood Drug Watch Facebook page for more information.