FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) - Frankfort has started a dedicated drug Investigation unit. Frankfort Police Chief Troy Bacon says it's all part of an on going effort by the city to keep drugs out of the community.
"There has been a desire in the community to really hit drugs and drug sales in our community, so we are obliging, and we are making a team and hopefully it pays off," said Bacon.
For Anabel Rodriguez, this hits close to home.
"I think it's a good thing, there's been a lot of OD's here. We've had family members OD and stuff like that, my old man is in jail right now because of that," said Rodriguez. "Hopefully it will change Frankfort."
Police Chief Troy Bacon is confident this new investigation unit will add to the number of drug arrests in the community. This isn't the first step taken to combat the drug problem. Just last year the police department added another k-9 to the narcotics unit bumping the total up to two dogs.
"As a result of all of the things we have been able to do at the department, our drug arrests have gone up," said Bacon. "The unique thing I hear from drug investigators is that drug dealer sare scared. They're scared to come to Frankfort. And that's exactly what we want."
Two full time police detectives from Frankfort and one narcotics detective from the Clinton County Sheriff's office will focus all of their time on illegal drugs and narcotics within the city.
Bacon says if you decrease the amount of drugs it can usually eliminate other problems in a community.
"Happier community, better quality of life and we would also anticipate crime rates going down as well. Often times crime rate and drug use and sale is all intertwined," explained Bacon.
Chief Bacon says the city's drug arrests have gone up every year since 2012. The same year they started the k-9 narcotics unit.