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FPD creates dedicated drug investigation unit

BY SHARON BARDONNER - sbardonner@ftimes.com

Led by veteran Detective Captain Bill Hackerd, Frankfort Police will establish a dedicated drug investigation division April 16 to exclusively investigate illegal drugs and narcotics within the city, according to a release from the city issued Wednesday.

According to Police Chief Troy Bacon, the blueprint for the new division has been in the works for approximately two years.

“Now that we’ve successfully tackled the challenges of staffing levels, patrol shift schedules and turnover, we can implement this new and much needed division,” Bacon said, in a prepared statement.

Since 2012 Police Department staff have added two police narcotics canine units, established a crime/drug tip line, sent officers and detectives to drug surveillance and interdiction schools, developed an overdose investigation protocol and established the Clinton County Drug Task Force by partnering with the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office.

“Establishing a division dedicated to investigating, enforcing and deterring drugs in the City of Frankfort is one more example of our commitment to protecting and serving our community,” Bacon said. “I am confident the new drug division will strengthen our drug enforcement investigations and cause dealers to think twice before bringing poison into our community.”

The new drug investigation unit will be staffed by two full-time, experienced narcotics detectives.

Drug use, especially the use of opioids and heroin, has become a top priority for law enforcement in all of Clinton County. 

Solutions for dealing with the epidemic were among the key subjects addressed by the four Republican candidates for sheriff participating in the election forum last Thursday. 

Also, Center Township and United Way for Clinton County are sponsoring a series of community conversations regarding the issue. The next meeting, focused on intervention, is planned for 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 18. 

Panelists will include representatives from IU Health, Healthy Communities of Clinton County, Wabash Valley Alliance and the Howard Community Counseling Center.

All of the conversations are held in Room 219 upstairs in the Frankfort Community Public Library.

The meetings are to help the community learn what stakeholders are doing to combat the opioid and drug crisis in Clinton County toward building community collaboration around drug prevention, deterrence and education.

To report an anonymous drug tip, text TIP FRANKFORTPD followed by your message to 888777 or call 765-654-6480.