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Campbell Co. Offers Updates on 3 Law Enforcement Initiatives

The Campbell County Fiscal Court offered updates on three law enforcement initiatives. 

"It is no secret that warmer weather and longer days can make things busier for law enforcement agencies. Now that we are headed into the summer months, and because public safety is an important topic all year long, I want to take this opportunity to update you on three law enforcement initiatives," Campbell Co. Judge/Executive Steve Pendery said in a news release. "The issue of drug abuse/addiction often grabs the headlines - as it rightly should, given the toll it has taken on our communities and families - but our public safety personnel are doing important work in many respects to keep our county safe for residents and attractive for businesses to locate and grow here."

Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force

Pendery said that the NKDSF has been leading the effort among eight local law enforcement agencies to help residents dispose properly of unwanted or unneeded prescription drugs. 207 pounds of such drugs were collected in April, up from a monthly average of 72 pounds. Nearly 17 pounds were collected by Northern Kentucky University and Highland Heights Police Departments in just four hours on one day, April 28.

Crisis Assistance Response Effort (CARE)

This initiative was created by Campbell County Police Chief Craig Sorrell to help families after a loved one has a run in with the law. Some families have turned to the program after a heroin overdose. Five officers are now dedicating time to check in with families that have used the program - even after their cases are closed - to make sure they stay connected with appropriate resources in the region. 

Naloxone

The third initiative Pendery highlighted was the authorization of County Police to carry and deploy Naloxone, a product used to reverse heroin overdoses. The Fiscal Court approved the use of Naloxone on April 20. St. Elizabeth Healthcare will provide each officer two doses to start and will re-supply the agency when needed at no cost to the taxpayers of Campbell Co. By the end of the month, the hospital will also have a training program in place.

-Staff report

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