ATS-The Bridge is hoping to increase the police presence in areas where illegal narcotics are prevalent, while also reminding teens about the dangers of these drugs, through a special partnership …
ATS-The Bridge is hoping to increase the police presence in areas where illegal narcotics are prevalent, while also reminding teens about the dangers of these drugs, through a special partnership with the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office and Cleveland Police Department.
Developed by tip411, the customized apps will put a crime-fighting tool into the hands of community members of all ages and will guarantee anonymity.
Tip411 will not only help with identifying areas where drugs may be rampant, but also provide assistance to those who are seeking help.
Reba Terry, who heads ATS-The Bridge, said that utitilizing the apps is easy, and will be explained later today at a special press conference. She said the apps will be set up to be directed to the two law enforcement entities so that anyone who wishes to provide information inside the city of Cleveland will have their phone routed to officers with the police department, and likewise for outside the city and the sheriff's department.
Terry and board member Bill Winters said that the apps will be important also in providing police presence when necessary. The two referred to the hostage situation in the Royal Oaks Subdivision two weeks ago.
"Cleveland and Bradley County are not immune to the ravages of substance abuse and criminal activity," the two said. "Less than two weeks ago a quiet community with an active Neighborhood Watch program endured a 7-hour standoff that included burglary, kidnapping, a home invasion and hostage situation, and possession of a firearm. Local law enforcement was out in full force to resolve the crime peacefully and, at the end of the day, were successful."
Terry and Winters, in an interview with the Cleveland Daily Banner earlier this week, crime fighting is no longer in the hands of fictional heroes with exceptional skills or superhuman powers. Nor is it only the mission of law enforcement agencies to prevent and reduce crime.
"The Bridge is an organization driven by coming to an understanding of how devastating opioid issues are to Cleveland/Bradley County and its families and the impact opioids are having on all aspects of our community," Terry said. "The Bridge’s mission is to protect our next generation from substance abuse and to prepare them to become responsible citizens, using three dimensions necessary to accomplish this: (1) increase level of awareness, (2) direct adolescents and adults in need toward treatment and (3) encourage them to sustain sobriety."
Terry and others will be giving directions on how to utilize the tip411 app at a press conference today.
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