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Community Problem Response Team Helping Neighborhood Fight Back
DAYTON -- Three people are behind bars Tuesday as part of a police crack down on drugs in Dayton. The arrests were at the Terrace View Apartment complex on Smithville Road. Those arrests come thanks to a kind of "posse" police formed with neighbors called the Community Problem Response Team.
Officers described Terrace View Apartments as a drive-thru for drugs. But not anymore, thanks to a new partnership between residents and police.
Tuesday night, officers on the team asked residents if they knew of any other problem areas that need to be investigated. Since last November, team members have been attending the monthly Wright View neighborhood Assn meetings. The goal is to get tips to help them crack down on crime hot spots.
"They take our concerns. They get back to us with results from those concerns. So I think it's a good thing to partner with the police," said Association President, Shirley Crisp.
"Overall it's been a huge success. The numbers in the four months we've been doing it are amazing, what they're getting done," said Dayton Sgt. Matt Beavers.
The Terrace View Apartment complex has been the team's most recent target, yielding more than 30 arrests in just one month. Residents say they're already noticing a difference. There aren't as many strangers cruising their neighborhood streets in search of drugs.
"Less crime means, less bad stuff going on honestly. You don't want to have kids out here doing stuff and if there's guns and violence and drugs on the streets, you don't want them getting hurt or in trouble," said resident Nicholas Carpenter.
"The drugs is a major thing, a major thing. There's too many people getting hurt with that stuff," said Crisp.
If you want to let the team know about a certain problem location, or illegal activity in your neighborhood, just give them a call at 333-COPS.
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