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.
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.
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
Overall accidental drug overdoses decreased 37% from 2006 to 2009.
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.
- Over 264 cases assigned in 2009
- Over 135 criminal defendants
- 10 jury trials
- One house by court order
- 6 petitions filed and pending for automobiles
- Computers, TV’s, cell phones, and other miscellaneous items
- 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.