2009 Accomplishments

Accomplishments in 2009

Operation Our Town awarded a total of over $200,000 in grants during the 2009 grant cycles to 23 community organizations for proven treatment, education and prevention programs aimed at reducing illegal drug use.

An additional $200,000 in grants were made to law enforcement to help special operations — warrant squad, interdiction squad, saturation patrols, search warrants, tactical details, stakeout details, drug raids and Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigations.

View the list of 2009 grant recipients.

Law Enforcement Special Operations:

Search warrants executed: 22
Blair County drug raids: 8
Blair County drug arrests: 501

Saturation patrols: 7
Occurred in Altoona, Hollidaysburg, Tyrone Borough, Duncansville, Allegheny Township, Blair Township, and Frankstown Township.

Equipment purchased:
2009: Tactical ammunition and equipment, LED flashlights, digital voice recorders, and surveillance cameras.

Push Out the Pusher Calls
Push Out The Pusher hotline: (814-693-3020 or 866-693-3020)
Total Calls – 1,756 calls

Operation Our Town initiated a Most Wanted List May 23, 2007:

  • 29 listed
  • 24 captured
  • 83% capture rate

 

Drug deaths:
Overall accidental drug overdoses decreased 37% from 2006 to 2009.

Drug/Criminal Prosecutions:
Blair County District Attorney Richard Consiglio hired Attorney Peter Weeks as the drug prosecutor in July 2007, with the help of a three-year grant from Operation Our Town.

Cases:

  • Over 264 cases assigned in 2009
  • Over 135 criminal defendants
  • 10 jury trials

 

Forfeitures:

  • One house by court order
  • 6 petitions filed and pending for automobiles
  • Computers, TV’s, cell phones, and other miscellaneous items

 

Volunteer Service:

  • 116 Operation Our Town volunteers participated in 34 Outreach events
  • 376 total volunteer hours during 2009
  • Volunteers distributed yard signs, bumper stickers and other materials throughout the community, raising the awareness of Operation Our Town and the Push Out The Pusher Hotline.