LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The Lafayette Police department has increased its drug-related arrests by 92 percent in the last year. Police say a big reason for the increase in arrests is because of the community.
Drug possession and dealing are the leading cause of criminal activity in Lafayette. The Lafayette Police Department has been cracking down on the drug-related crimes.
In 2017, drug-related arrests increased from 786 to 1506. That's largely due to the Street Crimes Unit, the Drug Task Force and social media apps.
"Once you stop making those low level arrests, you will see crime kind of spiral out of control," said Lt. Scott Galloway. "That's why we have got to have these units still make those minor, drug arrests."
Galloway said the Street Crimes Unit is now fully staffed with six officers, one K-9 and one sergeant. Police visibility has also increased now that police officers take their patrol cars home. Nine more officers are expected to be a part of this program by the end of the year.
The Crime Prevention Unit has also been fully staffed. That includes two specialists, a sergeant and a lieutenant.
Galloway said because of the anonymous tipline and NextDoor, police have been getting more and more tips about drug-related crime.
"We may go to that call and it might not be anything," said Galloway. "But maybe later we can add that to a data point and make a case out of it. Sometimes we get cases right away. So keep those calls coming in. That's what is helping is people calling in and making these complaints."
NextDoor currently has 11,500 members and it accounts for 26 percent of households in Lafayette.
Police encourage neighbors to keep calling in tips or contacting them through apps like NextDoor.