411 program ‘isn’t sitting idle anymore’

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By Kate Darnell

The 411 tip program is being used, Cynthiana Police Chief Ray Johnson reported at Monday evening’s Champions for a Drug Free Harrison County meeting.

“The program isn’t sitting idle anymore,” Johnson said.

While the dispatch center is still receiving tips, the amount of 411 tips has decreased over the past few weeks, Johnson said.

Johnson said any information can be sent, including foot traffic or vehicle traffic that may indicate drug activity.

“That’s enough for us to start looking into it,” Johnson said, adding that every 411 tip is followed up by a law enforcement officer. “The more information we get, the better.”

To text a tip to 411, first type ‘859cpd’ and the tip in the body of the text message, then send the message to 847411 (tip411).

The 411 tips remain anonymous.

“Any tip is helpful,” he said.

Other business included:

•Co-chair Karen Adams thanked everyone for attending, volunteering and supporting the Champions Barbecue Cookoff Saturday.

“It was very well attended,” Adams said, adding that over 300 people were in attendance at Saturday’s events.

“We took in a gross amount of $3,200,” she said.

•Johnson announced Neighborhood Watch signs have been put up in the Grandview area.

Johnson said the police department is scheduling Neighborhood Watch presentations for several neighborhoods.

•A Champions volunteer recognition event is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m.

Adams said additional details will be e-mailed to members.

•Champions members will attend Saturday evening’s NAACP Gala at Westside Elementary.

•The next Champions meeting will be Nov. 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department.