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  • Chief Chat: Follow these tips for New Year’s safety

  • Drug watch: It has been a busy couple of weeks in the Street Crimes Unit. In between the normal activities like court appearances, K-9 call outs, extra patrols, and paperwork, we were able to make (11) cases whereas the suspects possessed chemicals with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, one marijuana distribution cas...
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  • Drug watch: It has been a busy couple of weeks in the Street Crimes Unit. In between the normal activities like court appearances, K-9 call outs, extra patrols, and paperwork, we were able to make (11) cases whereas the suspects possessed chemicals with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, one marijuana distribution case, one heroin distribution case, assisted (3) other agencies with the recovery of stolen property and a meth lab.
    We were also contacted by an area business which expressed a desire to have their employees trained in how to detect illegal activity and the proper ways of safeguarding themselves. It was a fun class which has already produced results.
    Happy New Year! Your friends at the Rolla Police Department wish you a very Happy New Year and hope 2013 is a great year for all of us and all of you! We would like to thank you for a great 2012 and look forward to continue serving you as your Police Department in 2013! With Christmas 2012 in the books, we hope all of you had a safe and Merry Christmas and are planning a safe and Happy New Year! Here are a few tips to keep you safe during the remainder of the holiday season:
    Decide Who's Driving: New Year's Eve and Drunk Driving...many people associate those two and rightfully so. New Year's Eve is when we celebrate a brand new year and some celebrate with alcohol. Make sure to designate a driver who will not drink to take everyone home from the party, it’s a life and death decision.
    Be Alert: Be aware of your surroundings and how others are acting. Stay away from those who are out of control and might cause harm. Taking preventive measures is the key. If someone is really intoxicated, prevent them from trying to drive or leaving with someone they do not know. It's important to keep an eye out for each other.
    Don't Drive: If you don't have to go behind the wheel, avoid it. More people will be driving under the influence on this particular night, so avoid a potentially dangerous accident by staying off the road. Otherwise, be alert and drive defensively. Most importantly, wear your seatbelt! Also, using public transportation is a wise option. If taking a cab is too expensive, crashing at a friend's place nearby is a convenient solution.
    Sexual Assaults: Many times Sexual Assaults occur when one or both people are too drunk to know what is going on or the female is passed out, this happens more than you think. There are predators and deviate people out there that will spike your drinks so they can get you under their control;. An unattended drink gives an opportunity for a predator to slip something into your drink. Accept drinks only from people you know well.
    Page 2 of 3 - Stick Together: This way we can look out for our friends and family. Going out to parties and nightclubs means a fast-paced, crazy night; so be sure to travel in groups. Having a safety net around you in this environment, especially for women, is imperative.
    Monitor Your Alcohol Intake: A majority of people will be drinking on New Year’s Eve, and there is nothing wrong with that as long as it does not cause you or others to get into trouble. Just be sure to pay attention to how much you and others are consuming. Drinking too much alcohol can have lethal affects. Be responsible.
    Liquor Check: A safe party lies with the host, though everyone else isn't any less responsible. The host should know a few things about the liquor that is being served. Beer and wine are just as intoxicating as hard liquor. A 12-ounce can of beer, a five-ounce glass of wine, a 12-ounce wine cooler, and an ounce and a half of liquor, contain the same amount of alcohol. Mixers won't help dilute alcohol.
    Carbonated mixers like club soda or tonic water cause alcohol to be absorbed into a person's system more quickly. Fruit juice and other sweet mixers mask the taste of alcohol and may cause people to drink more. Fatty food provided with the alcohol will help because it will create a lining around the stomach that will prevent the alcohol from getting inside. This will ensure that the drinker is not overly dehydrated. There is a tendency to rely on someone's physical appearance to determine his or her state of drunkenness, and this must be avoided at all costs.
    Every year many Americans are affected by burglary. Not only do they lose treasured possessions, but are also often left feeling that they have been invaded and their own personal security threatened. The sad thing is that many burglars get away with it because the police are unable to match property they suspect is stolen, with an actual burglary.
    This is because in the majority of cases they are given a description of what has been stolen, but no serial numbers to match with the stolen items. So please take the time to record your serial numbers and put them in a safe place. Also it’s a good idea to engrave your property if it does not have a serial number.
    This next entry is from the desk of Detective Derrick Dillon. Derrick writes: I am currently working a fraud whereas a male subject has been selling advertisement space to local businesses. He has visited several local businesses selling advertisement spaces whereas he promised to place the ads on various restaurant tables, coffee mugs, etc. He would then receive a deposit (sometimes payment in full). He has moved on without fulfilling his orders. The subject has been identified; however, I believe he has relocated to another state. I believe he was in the area for a short time (around April of 2012). If you believe your business has been a victim of this fraud, please contact Detective Dillon at 573-308-1213. Please have copies of any supporting documents that would aid in this investigation. Thank you. - Detective Dillon.
    Page 3 of 3 - In closing, I would like to thank this great community for the wonderful meals, desserts, fruit baskets and the seemingly endless continuation of Holiday Cheer we have felt through our community. This genuine concern seems to grow each year and I just wanted to take a minute and thank you the community for standing behind your police department.
    See you in 2013!
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