Law Enforcement Track:
Holistic Approaches to Combating
Prescription Drug Abuse
Captain Hank Dial – Captain, Huntington Po...
Disclosures
•  Hank Dial has disclosed no relevant, real or apparent personal
or professional financial relationships.
•  ...
Learning Objectives
1.  State	
  the	
  effec+veness	
  of	
  collabora+on	
  among	
  professionals	
  
to	
  bring	
  Rx	...
Introduction to the Issues
•  In 2007 we were forced to admit traditional law enforcement
methods were not working
•  Crim...
Holistic Approaches Used in
Huntington
W&S
Smokin’Aces
DMI
Bright New Day
Demolition
Sunoco
EOD
R2R
Weed And Seed (2008 - 2010)
In 2008, the city of Huntington was one of 16 cities in the
country to be awarded a "Weed and ...
Weed & Seed Target Area
Contains about 20% of Huntington’s population
Weed and Seed area responsible for
1.  60% of murder...
Weed & Seed Target Area
Weed & Seed Target Area
Accomplishments
  28% reduction in violent crime
  35% reduction in drug offenses
  201 violent and drug offenders trie...
Accomplishments	
  
  Establishment of the Barnett Center
Accomplishments	
  
  Community Gardens
  Community Celebrations
  Treatment and Recovery
  Re-entry
Smokin’Aces
DMI (Drug Market Intervention)
Although the Weed & Seed program reduced
criminal activity in area of Huntington. A very
co...
DMI (2009 – 2011)
DMI is a strategic problem-solving initiative
aimed at permanently closing down open-air
drug markets, t...
DMI
The strategy then targets low-level offenders and stages an
intervention with families and community leaders.
Law enfo...
DMI Steps to Success	
  
Step 1 – Crime Mapping
Step 2 – Survey
Step 3 – Incident Review
Step 4 – Undercover Operation
Ste...
DMI Target Area
Our DMI target area was a two block by four
block area in the Fairfield West Neighborhood.
DMI Results
Violent Crime decreased by 65%
Crime overall has decreased over 60%
At the end of the DMI strategy this area
r...
Bright New Day
WV National Guard
Demolition Project
Sunoco “Gas Station”
The Sunoco was recognized in the community as
a symbol of everything that had gone wrong in
the Fairf...
Sunoco Closure
Federal Food Stamp Case
Abderahmane Eloirzazi's
guilty plea includes
$127,000 in restitution
and the proper...
Sunoco Demolition
EOD (Equal Opportunity
Destroyer)
The manufacturing, trafficking, selling, possessing and using of illegally
diverted pres...
EOD
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dr3jN6atZ44
EOD (2012 – Present)
R2R (River to Rail) 2012 – Present
Lessons learned from Weed & Seed and DMI
Defined area based on crimes data, defined
ben...
R2R Steering Sub-Committees
Law Enforcement
Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment
Community and Economic Development
R2R Undercover Drug Operations
Date Location Notes
1/26/2013 320 W 5th St 1 arrest, crack
2/25/2013 922 9th Street W 2 arr...
R2R Directed Patrols
Directed Patrol Activity from January – April 2013
Activity Result
Vehicle Citations 170
Arrest 38
He...
Code Enforcement
Citation Category Entire City River to Rail
% Issued in River to
Rail
953.02 High Weeds / Combustibles 69...
Community Engagement
West Huntington Organization
Old Central City Association
Sports Camp
Faith Based Org.
Defending Chil...
Non Law Enforcement - Demolition
Demolition of 1029 Monroe Ave
Before After
Non Law Enforcement - Economic
Economic – Farmer’s Market / Wild Ramp
Non Law Enforcement -
Environmental
Environmental – PATH, Code Enforcement, Sidewalks,
Abandoned Buildings (West Middle)
Accomplishments
  Overall, Violent and Property crimes have all decreased since starting this
new philosophy
  Overall D...
Contact Information
Captain Hank Dial
hdial@hpdwv.com
304-544-8449
Tim White
tim.white@prestera.org
304-751-6251
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  1. 1. Law Enforcement Track: Holistic Approaches to Combating Prescription Drug Abuse Captain Hank Dial – Captain, Huntington Police Department, Huntington WV Tim White – Regional Prevention Coordinator with Prestera Center
  2. 2. Disclosures •  Hank Dial has disclosed no relevant, real or apparent personal or professional financial relationships. •  Tim White has disclosed no relevant, real or apparent personal or professional financial relationships.
  3. 3. Learning Objectives 1.  State  the  effec+veness  of  collabora+on  among  professionals   to  bring  Rx  drug  abusers  into  treatment.     2.  Demonstrate  communica+on  techniques  for  dialogue  to   ensure  op+mal  care  of  pa+ents  and  the  community.     3.  Examine  opportuni+es  for  successful  collabora+on  for   par+cipants  to  implement  in  their  jurisdic+on.  
  4. 4. Introduction to the Issues •  In 2007 we were forced to admit traditional law enforcement methods were not working •  Crime rates were rising •  Public perception was at a low point •  Drugs were taking over our City •  Our approach had to change
  5. 5. Holistic Approaches Used in Huntington W&S Smokin’Aces DMI Bright New Day Demolition Sunoco EOD R2R
  6. 6. Weed And Seed (2008 - 2010) In 2008, the city of Huntington was one of 16 cities in the country to be awarded a "Weed and Seed" designation. This designation enabled the implementation of a crime reduction strategy to an area of Huntington known for high crime. This initiative provides funding for weeding (police operations) and seeding (development and planning, community outreach), strategy implementation. These strategies involve collaborations between citizens, police, city officials, faith community, local businesses and social support organizations to identify and solve crime problems.
  7. 7. Weed & Seed Target Area Contains about 20% of Huntington’s population Weed and Seed area responsible for 1.  60% of murders 2.  77% of prostitution arrests 3.  44% of adult drug crimes
  8. 8. Weed & Seed Target Area
  9. 9. Weed & Seed Target Area
  10. 10. Accomplishments   28% reduction in violent crime   35% reduction in drug offenses   201 violent and drug offenders tried, 156 convicted   85% consider the neighborhood safe during the day (75% before W&S), 54% consider neighborhood safe at night ( 26% before W&S)   Vandalism replaced murder/shootings as one of the top three crime problems in the area as identified by the community
  11. 11. Accomplishments     Establishment of the Barnett Center
  12. 12. Accomplishments     Community Gardens   Community Celebrations   Treatment and Recovery   Re-entry
  13. 13. Smokin’Aces
  14. 14. DMI (Drug Market Intervention) Although the Weed & Seed program reduced criminal activity in area of Huntington. A very concentrated part of the Weed & Seed area was still being plagued by high rates of violent and drug crime. This area represented 33% of all drug offenses in the City of Huntington.
  15. 15. DMI (2009 – 2011) DMI is a strategic problem-solving initiative aimed at permanently closing down open-air drug markets, that we duplicated from High Point, NC. The strategy targets individual drug markets using focused deterrence with transformational elements. The most violent offenders are targeted and prosecuted as examples.
  16. 16. DMI The strategy then targets low-level offenders and stages an intervention with families and community leaders. Law enforcement mobilizes community residents, leaders, and family members of low-level drug dealers to voice their intolerance for this criminal behavior and to create opportunity and support for the offenders. Offenders are given the option to straighten up or face lengthy prison sentences and are provided assistance in locating employment, housing, transportation, health care, and access to other social services.
  17. 17. DMI Steps to Success   Step 1 – Crime Mapping Step 2 – Survey Step 3 – Incident Review Step 4 – Undercover Operation Step 5 – Mobilize the Community Step 6 – Contact with Offender’s Family Step 7 – Call-In / Notification Step 8 – Enforcement Step 9 – Follow Up
  18. 18. DMI Target Area Our DMI target area was a two block by four block area in the Fairfield West Neighborhood.
  19. 19. DMI Results Violent Crime decreased by 65% Crime overall has decreased over 60% At the end of the DMI strategy this area represented 5% of all drug offenses in the City of Huntington.
  20. 20. Bright New Day
  21. 21. WV National Guard Demolition Project
  22. 22. Sunoco “Gas Station” The Sunoco was recognized in the community as a symbol of everything that had gone wrong in the Fairfield neighborhood. It was a highly visible hub of drug sales and other criminal activity in both the Weed and Seed and DMI areas.
  23. 23. Sunoco Closure Federal Food Stamp Case Abderahmane Eloirzazi's guilty plea includes $127,000 in restitution and the property was turned over to the City of Huntington.
  24. 24. Sunoco Demolition
  25. 25. EOD (Equal Opportunity Destroyer) The manufacturing, trafficking, selling, possessing and using of illegally diverted prescription medications has been a major problem for the residents in the Southern District of West Virginia. In 2011 506 overdose calls were reported in the Southern District of WV. The Cabell/Wayne County area had 285 of those overdose calls, which is 56% of all overdoses in the Southern District. This is not only a public health problem, but the number one crime problem in the area. In collaboration with the U.S. Attorney's Office, federal, state, and other local law enforcement agencies the Huntington Police Department has implemented an education and prevention program targeting a wide demography (middle school, high school, college, and adults).
  26. 26. EOD http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dr3jN6atZ44
  27. 27. EOD (2012 – Present)
  28. 28. R2R (River to Rail) 2012 – Present Lessons learned from Weed & Seed and DMI Defined area based on crimes data, defined benchmarks for success Working closely with Steering Committee made up of community members, business owners, government agencies, and other invested parties
  29. 29. R2R Steering Sub-Committees Law Enforcement Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment Community and Economic Development
  30. 30. R2R Undercover Drug Operations Date Location Notes 1/26/2013 320 W 5th St 1 arrest, crack 2/25/2013 922 9th Street W 2 arrests, guns, heroin 2/26/2013 11th St W Coaches Inn 2 arrests, pills 4/3/2013 2200 1/2 Washington Ave 2 arrests, pills, heroin 5/2/2013 1608 Madison 1 arrests pills 8/2/2013 522 14th St W Apt 1 & 2 2 arrests pills, heroin 8/15/2013 2504 1/2 Madison 4 arrests, heroin, guns 9/3/2013 1802 Jefferson Ave 1 arrests, guns, crack, pills 9/6/2013 924 Jackson Ave 1 arrests, guns, pills, crack, heroin 10/18/2013 Int a shipment headed for area 700 pills 11/15/2013 746 Washington Ave 2 arrests, pills, CE - Do Not Occupy 12/31/2013 1416 Jefferson 4 arrests, over 1lb heroin
  31. 31. R2R Directed Patrols Directed Patrol Activity from January – April 2013 Activity Result Vehicle Citations 170 Arrest 38 Heroin 242 grams Crack/Cocaine 71.4 grams Firearms 8 Currency $18,221 Illegally Diverted Prescription Medications 522.5 du
  32. 32. Code Enforcement Citation Category Entire City River to Rail % Issued in River to Rail 953.02 High Weeds / Combustibles 690 52 8% 951.05 Rubbish/Garbage 261 15 6% 951.10 Dumping 5 0 0% 534.04 Junk Storage 621 48 8% 302.01 Sanitation 52 4 8% 905.11 Obstructing Sidewalk 4 0 0% 301.03 Vacant Structures and Land 52 6 12% 905.14 Obstructing Drainage Ditches 7 1 14% 302.08 Unlicensed Vehicles 4 0 0% 1109.01 Decaying Substance 1 0 0% Other 29 18 62% Total 1726 144 8% Total citations resolved 1058 131 12% # in Compliance that were resolved 803 84 10% % in Compliance 76% 64%
  33. 33. Community Engagement West Huntington Organization Old Central City Association Sports Camp Faith Based Org. Defending Childhood Initiative (Central City Elementary)
  34. 34. Non Law Enforcement - Demolition Demolition of 1029 Monroe Ave Before After
  35. 35. Non Law Enforcement - Economic Economic – Farmer’s Market / Wild Ramp
  36. 36. Non Law Enforcement - Environmental Environmental – PATH, Code Enforcement, Sidewalks, Abandoned Buildings (West Middle)
  37. 37. Accomplishments   Overall, Violent and Property crimes have all decreased since starting this new philosophy   Overall Decrease – 22% Reduction   Violent Decrease – 30% Reduction   Property Decrease – 15% Reduction   Increased community buy-in   Multi-jurisdictional partnerships with other law enforcement agencies
  38. 38. Contact Information Captain Hank Dial hdial@hpdwv.com 304-544-8449 Tim White tim.white@prestera.org 304-751-6251
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