2009 Results

Accomplishments in 2009

 

View our list of 2009 grant recipients.

 

Operation Our Town awarded over $200,000 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
  • Altoona Police Department
  • Central PA Humane Society
  • Freedom Township Police Department
  • Pennsylvania Gang Investigators Association 

 

Law Enforcement Special Operations:

Search warrants executed: 22

Blair County drug raids: 8
Blair County drug arrests:

  • 2009 – 549
  • 2008 – 562
  • 2007 – 607 

 

Saturation Patrols: 7
Conducted in Altoona, Hollidaysburg, Tyrone Borough, Duncansville, Allegheny Township, Blair Township, and Frankstown Township.

Equipment purchased:
Tactical ammunition and equipment, LED flashlights, digital voice recorders, and surveillance cameras.

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
2009 1183 573 1756
2008 1042 377 1419
2007 1184 n/a 1184

 

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

  • 29 listed
  • 24 captured

 

Drug deaths
Overall accidental drug overdoses decreased 37% from 2006 to 2009. 

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 264 cases assigned
  • Over 135 criminal defendants
  • 10 jury trials

 

Forfeitures:

  • One house by court order
  • 6 petitions filed and pending for automobiles
  • Computers, TVs, cell phones, and other miscellaneous items 

 

Volunteer Service

  • 116 Operation Our Town volunteers participated in 34 Outreach events
  • 376 total volunteer hours

 

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