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Mayor details tactics against heroin siege

July 16, 2013

The re-emergence of a city police team known as the Special Operations Group, dressed in black for effect, and better use of manpower and technology to try to stop a rise in heroin and violent crime......

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Tgrammiex4

Jul-16-13 5:49 AM

I would suggest an annonymous tip hotline for residents to report activity they see and immediate response by police.Residents need to become proactive, get lic. plate #s and good descriptions. Police need to respond quickly.

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wwhickok

Jul-16-13 7:06 AM

I agree grammie, I think there's two issues with reporting.

A) Some citizens within the city are justifiably afraid of retaliation.

B) Some citizens within the city are protecting those that are friends and/or relatives despite knowing they are breaking the law.

Both of these present issues, B presents the more serious issue to me and I think this is more wide spread than some may be willing to admit.

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WeThePeople

Jul-16-13 7:14 AM

Under Police, Fire & Court "Neighbors foiled burglar, according to police" A neighbor contacted city police at about 2:30 a.m. when she noticed a man, dressed in all black, hanging around 814 Elmira St. Is that what will happen with the men in black???

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localguy

Jul-16-13 7:50 AM

WeThePeople, If that is the case then the Police will be called and should already know if their guys are in a certain area. Radio contact with them would also find out.

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spike2

Jul-16-13 8:08 AM

This is a county problem,not just Williamsport. I believe the D.A. was looking at a countywide operation. Anonymous is just a good feeling word. Don't we all know that numbers and computer addresses are easily traced? I agree that all should co-operate in this effort.

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WeThePeople

Jul-16-13 8:11 AM

"If that is the case then the Police will be called and should already know if their guys are in a certain area. Radio contact with them would also find out."

True, if all goes as planned....

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MisMac

Jul-16-13 9:24 AM

PA Crime Stoppers Call 1-800-4-PATIPS Callers remain anonymous. Or, for Williamsport Drug Tip Hotline(570)327-7579.

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andy33

Jul-16-13 9:54 AM

Geez....men in black...will they also carry signs that say....just say NO..???...What a bunch of crap!!!!!...I have a novel idea but can't put it in print...

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twinder

Jul-16-13 11:04 AM

Foresman said the group would be flexible. As for the black clothing and reasons why, Campana said it sends an image.

"Believe me, when the public sees them in black - it will get their attention."

Just what image does a police officer's uniform send?

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Tgrammiex4

Jul-16-13 11:23 AM

twinder, I agree. Don't know why a diff. uniform is neccessary. Cops is Cops. Just another expense. Put it into wages, the more coverage, the better.

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Tgrammiex4

Jul-16-13 11:28 AM

wwhickok, those that are protecting them should be arrested too or run out of town. If this is going to work there needs to be zero tollerance.

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Shulski

Jul-16-13 2:52 PM

Look out ****** dealers. Like that song, "Here Comes the Men in Black". Me, I would have gone with undercover cops. Sneakier that way. Not threatening though. Hope they're not mistaken for the trenchcoat mafia.

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Luey22

Jul-16-13 3:00 PM

They are making a correlating between h-e-r-o-I-n usage and the rise in violent crimes within the city...hmmm...ok. So the men in black will be taken from their regular duties to do what exactly? AH....what they should be doing anyways!!!! Whose brilliant idea was this????

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Luey22

Jul-16-13 3:01 PM

*correlation

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metalhead

Jul-16-13 4:35 PM

"GREAT" You can start with the Hepburn st./Bridge st. area!

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GysgtUSMC

Jul-16-13 4:59 PM

Why don't we wait and see if this task force brings results before we strike the idea. In the mean time, we as citizens can also get involved and be more aware of our surroundings and report anything suspicious we may see. Don't be afraid, get involved.

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Luey22

Jul-16-13 5:09 PM

Heck, when you look at long term investment planning....wouldn't it be much cheaper just to pay the dealer to GO AWAY? It all comes down to SIMPLE economics.

User-less supply

Jails-less demand

This way the police can start once again safely walking the streets and becoming less reactive and more proactive. Investing in a much HEALTHIER community (parents doing their part)is always wiser for taxpayers THAN paying needless overtime. Just an observation

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andy33

Jul-16-13 9:34 PM

Hey Luey...great idea...pay the dealers to get out of town....a one time payment-never return. My ideas was a little harsher, but more permanent!

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thinblueline

Jul-17-13 8:25 PM

Love it! Absolutely love it.Crack down HARD!

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