City of Florence seeks to tackle Heroin epidemic head on with own drug task force

08/19/2014 09:49 AM

FLORENCE – Drug task force units are usually reserved for police departments in larger cities like Louisville, Lexington and Covington. This leaves most smaller cities relying on regional multi-agency task forces to help in the fight against drug crimes. One Northern Kentucky city wants to change all of that.

The population of Florence is just over 31,000 – that’s less people than the capacity at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. But, as Florence is growing, so is the heroin problem and the city is taking action by establishing it’s own drug task force.

Florence City Council has given the go ahead for the police department to hire three new officers who will take the places of three veteran officers who are set to become members of the cities new drug task force.

Florence, like most cities in the Commonwealth, currently relies on multi-regional task forces which service a wide area.

“Your regional drug units, they have such a wide territory to cover and every jurisdiction wants to have attention from them,” said Florence Police Chief John McDermond. “Our focus is going to be on the low level (drug) dealers in Florence.”

The only cost to the city for the task force is the three new officers salaries which totals $135,000. All other costs associated with the task force, including vehicles and equipment, will be paid for with asset forfeiture money.

About Don Weber

Don Weber joined cn|2 when it launched back in May 2010 and soon became a reporter for Pure Politics. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and has spent many years covering everything from politics to sports. Don says he loves meeting new people everyday as part of his job and also enjoys the fact that no two days are the same when he comes to work. Don Weber can be reached at donald.weber@charter.com.

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