On May 23, 2009 I was invited to ride along with the Monroe Police Dept. in “Operation Crackdown 2009″. The Monroe Police were looking for 26 individuals representing 118 different drug charges. I was thrilled with the opportunity and was told to bring my video camera to shoot the days event.
We met early and were briefed about the days events. This operation was carefully planned and teams of Monroe Police, men & women, were assigned to different individuals they were seeking on various charges. As of this writing, 20 out of the 26 have been apprehended.
I was assigned to ride with Lt. Mark Coan who is in charge of Monroe C.I.T., Community Intervention Team. Community policing is a collaborative effort between police and community to identify problems of crime and disorder. This is a very successful program for the Monroe Police.
It was a very exciting day and warrants were served all over Monroe and many individuals were apprehended over the course of the 3-day weekend. I could certainly write a very long article about the experience but I believe the video of the event will best tell the story. Bottom line is that the citizens of Monroe are served by a highly professional police force led by Chief Debra Duncan. These officers risk life and limb every day they put on a uniform and they do it to keep us safe. Next time you see a Monroe Police Officer, tell them how much you appreciate their service to our city.
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