2010 Accomplishments

Accomplishments in 2010

Operation Our Town total money raised from 2007-2010:

  • Over $1.2 million raised from businesses, organizations, & individuals
  • Over $800,000 raised from federal grants

 

Operation Our Town total money distributed from 2007-2010:

  • Over $1.5 million in grants distributed to law enforcement, treatment, and prevention programs in Blair County

View the list of 2010 grant recipients.

Operation Our Town awarded over $230,000 in grants to law enforcement to help special operations:

  • warrant squad
  • interdiction squad
  • saturation patrols
  • search warrants
  • tactical details
  • stakeout details
  • drug raids
  • Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigations
  • drug prosecutor
  • Blair County Drug Task Force
  • Hollidaysburg Police Department, Blair County Sheriff’s Department, Williamsburg Police Department

 

Law Enforcement Special Operations:

Search warrants executed: 24
Blair County drug raids: 6
Blair County drug arrests: 506

Saturation patrols: 5
Occurred in Altoona, Hollidaysburg, Tyrone Borough, Duncansville, Allegheny Township, Blair Township, and Frankstown Township.

Operation Our Town initiated a Most Wanted List May 23, 2007: 27 captured to-date

Equipment purchased:
Cell phone analysis equipment, MotoShot system, various equipment for Sheriff’s office, surveillance video camera & inkless fingerprint unit.

Push Out the Pusher Calls answered at 911 Center:
Push Out The Pusher hotline: (814-693-3020 or 866-693-3020)

  • Voicemail: 988
  • Live calls: 390
  • Total calls: 1,378

 

Drug deaths
Overall accidental drug overdoses decreased 41% from 2006 to 2010

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 four-year grant from Operation Our Town.

Criminal Prosecutions:

  • Between 200-400 cases assigned
  • Over 170 separate defendants
  • 9 jury trials

 

Forfeitures:

  • Over $100,000 in forfeitures from cash, automobiles, and personal property.
  • Donated several thousand dollars worth of reconditioned cell phones to the military and abuse shelters.

 

Volunteer Service

  • 296 Operation Our Town volunteers participated in 32 Outreach events
  • 896 total volunteer hours

 

2010 Prevention & Treatment Grant Recipients

A total of $150,000 in grants were awarded by Operation Our Town during the 2010 grant cycles for the following proven prevention and treatment programs:

Altoona Area Public Library: Living Across the Ages

Altoona Area Public Library: Summer Art Institute

Altoona Area School District: Project SOAR

Bellwood-Antis School District: Bellwood-Antis After Hours

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Blair County: Mentoring Program

Blair County Adult Parole & Probation Office: A Framework for Breaking Barriers

Blair Co. Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Blair Co. Adult Program: Booker T. Washington Project, Passive Park

Blair County Drug & Alcohol Program, Inc.: Physician Service Coordination

Blair County Drug & Alcohol Program, Inc.: Student Assistance Training Program

Blair County Juvenile Probation: Juvenile Drug Court

Child Advocates of Blair County, Inc.: Parent-Child Home Program

Claysburg-Kimmel Cares: Strengthening Families Program

Family Services, Inc.: SWOOP-Street Outreach Program

Garver Memorial YMCA: After-school Program

Gloria Gates Memorial Foundation: After-school Program

IDA Community Development Corporation: Evergreen Manors Supportive Services

Joshua House, Inc.: Joshua House Community Center

The Family Resource Center @ United Way of Blair Co.: Altoona Community Garden

The Nehemiah Project: 11th Street After-school Program

The ROCK: After-school Program

Tyrone Area School District: Tyrone Tackles Tobacco & Truancy