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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Chief Chat: Tired of destruction that drugs cause

  • Drug Watch: On Wednesday, April 23, the Rolla street crimes unit conducted a short-term investigation which led to a search of a residence. During the search officers located heroin, prescription medication that did not belong to the subject, snorting straws and several syringes.
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  • Drug Watch: On Wednesday, April 23, the Rolla street crimes unit conducted a short-term investigation which led to a search of a residence. During the search officers located heroin, prescription medication that did not belong to the subject, snorting straws and several syringes.
    A heroin death and six overdoses in less than 24 hours! We are afraid there is a new batch in town that's causing this.
    It's estimated that Rolla has over 200 heroin overdoses a year. If we know of 200 then there are 1,000.
    It is estimated that drugs cause 70 percent of the crime in our area. We have had murders, attempted murders, hits (hit men coming from out of state because of drug issues), burglary, stealing, loss of family trust, people who cannot hold down jobs, raise their kids, handle any normal responsibility, car accidents and fatalities, as well as a long list of other negatives because of drug use.
    I have been in law enforcement for 31 years serving this community and I'm tired of seeing all the destruction drugs cause. The truth is there is no end in sight. All the police can do is attempt to go after these death and poison dealers who destroy all they sell to. They do it for profit, getting our family members hooked for their greed.
    The Rolla Police Department has made it a top goal to go after these demons who do not care and are blinded by what they are doing. They kill people, families, children and futures. Even if the people don't die, their futures do and it affects all of us one way or another.
    We put the thugs who deal on the top of the list, the ones who pack guns for violence, rape, killing, assault and who intimidate and use acts of violence in our community. You are our main goal!
    Parents, all you can do is try to keep your kids and your family members off the drugs, Heroin, meth, pills, inhalants and the numerous other drugs. Yes, even alcohol and marijuana. I do not care what anyone says. All these cause destruction to those who have the addiction gene. If they have an addictive personality/gene, then any form of drug/high can make them move to other substances.
    If you don't think so, you are lying to yourself. Why take the chance with your family? Turn the TV off, stop trying to make all the money in the world and pay attention to your family. Those who say I let my kid drink at home, etc., you are not doing them any favors.
    Take a stand, be a parent and tell them they are not allowed to use drugs and alcohol, and especially no alcohol until they are of age. If they choose to do so then, you know how many lives this would save.
    Page 2 of 3 - Addicts, get help, I feel sorry for you and know you’re are hurting. It's a tough road but you can beat it. When you crave drugs more than your own kids and life, it’s very sad. It's up to you to change. No one else can do it.
    We are committed to arresting those who deal and use in order to make this community better. We have had many people tell us after they were arrested and they got off drugs that it was the best thing that happened to them. They hit rock bottom after the arrest and knew they had to change. Our goal is to make Rolla safer.
    P. S. For those of you who want to pick apart my grammar, anyone who knows me understands that's my weak area, I have dyslexia and it's always been hard for me, but we all do the best we can with what we are given. Don't let your disabilities hold you back. Love, peace and joy to all.
    This past week I received three email messages concerning some of our Rolla police employees. I have included them here, but left out the author’s name. Good job to all.
    This is the first email: Seeing the recent post in reference to the Special Olympics reminded me I wanted to say thank you to Sergeant Nakanishi; this past Sunday at the helicopter egg drop my husband, my 2-year-old, and my very pregnant self were walking up a steep part of the hill and Nakanishi gave me a hand up the hill. (Very much the gentlemen! He went above and beyond and took seriously his oath to protect and serve.) He then even helped pull our stroller up the hill A thousand thank you's. RPD. Rolla really is blessed with an amazing police force!
    Here is the second email: Thank you to the three officers who came out to rescue the neighbor's dog from under my trailer this evening. They went above and beyond their call of duty, especially the first one who arrived. Luckily, the little guy is back home and everyone made it out before the big rain hit and my son can fret no more.
    Here is the third email: I want to thank the Rolla Police Department officers and the fire department who were at the Easter egg hunt today in Rolla for your assistance in finding my godson. You all mobilized very quickly to assist in finding him. Thank you very much.
    I am proud to announce that this past week we have completed installation on our newest emergency warning system (EWS) outdoor warning siren. The new siren is located near the intersection of Countryside Drive and Palmer Court in the Line-Barnitz subdivision southeast of town.
    Page 3 of 3 - This location was chosen based on the concerns of those residents who could not hear the designated siren located at the intersection of Highways O and 72. The new siren will not only cover the Line-Barnitz area but will also include the areas brought in by the southside annex a few years ago. The new siren will be tested Wednesday, May 7, during the monthly EWS system test.
    With prom and graduation season here, Missouri law enforcement wants to make sure Missouri youth are celebrating safe and sober. The Rolla Police Department will join other Missouri law enforcement agencies to crack down on drunk driving May 1-25.
    It is illegal for someone under 21 to possess or consume alcohol in Missouri, yet youth make up a significant proportion of drunk drivers causing traffic crashes on Missouri roads. Missouri has a Zero Tolerance Law. If you are under 21, your license will be suspended if you’re caught driving with even a trace of alcohol in your system.
    Consequences of drunk driving include jail time, loss of their driver licenses or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Insurance rates go up. Other financial hits include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work and the potential loss of job or job prospects.
    When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators can also face tremendous personal embarrassment and humiliation. Driving drunk is simply not worth all the consequences. Zero tolerance means zero chances: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
    Between 2011 and 2013, 85 people were killed and 318 were seriously injured in Missouri road crashes involving an impaired driver under the age of 21. For more information, visit www.saveMOlives.com.
    In closing, it is with mixed feelings that we say farewell to a Rolla police family employee with the retirement of Sgt. Vince Giacolone. Vince has served as our Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS) coordinator and has been deeply involved with the program since the program’s inception in 2008.
    Vince was instrumental in starting the program and coordinates the background investigation, appointment and vital role of the volunteers in both the community and the Rolla Public School system.
    We are happy for Vince in that he has certainly earned his retirement, but then too we will truly miss working with him day to day. Vince came to us in December of 2008 after retiring from a long bout in the corporate world.
    We wish him and Connie the best in his retirement and thank him for all he has done to make Rolla and the Rolla Police Department a better place.
    Sgt. Ken Nakanishi has been appointed VIPS coordinator and will have some pretty big shoes to fill, but is most capable. Good luck to Ken as well.
    Have a great week!

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