2008 Results

Accomplishments in 2008

 

View our list of 2008 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
  • Blair County Sheriff's Department, Blair Senior Services, Victim/Witness Coordinator-Office of the District Attorney 

 

Law Enforcement Special Operations:

Search warrants executed: 29

Blair County drug raids: 7
Blair County drug arrests:

  • 2008 – 562
  • 2007 – 607

 

Saturation Patrols: 12
Conducted in Altoona, Hollidaysburg, Tyrone Borough, Duncansville, Allegheny Township, Blair Township, and Frankstown Township

Operation Our Town initiated a Most Wanted List May 23, 2007:

  • 24 listed
  • 21 captured to-date

 

Equipment purchased:
Audio/visual equipment, 10 additional tactical life vests, helmets, computers, and printers. 

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

Year Voicemail Live Calls Total Calls
2008 1042 377 1419
2007 1184 n/a 1184

 

Drug deaths
Overall accidental drug overdoses decreased 22% from 2006 to 2008.

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 grant from Operation Our Town.

Criminal Prosecutions:

  • Over 500 cases assigned
  • Over 250 separate defendants
  • 8 jury trials

 

Forfeitures:

  • Petitions filed for over $125,000
  • Orders issued for forfeiture of over $58,000
  • 3 houses and 5 automobiles

 

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