The Norwood Police Department has published its multifaceted strategy to fight the abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers.
According to the department, the document was distributed to all police personnel and has been posted on its website, www.norwoodpolice.com .
“The Norwood Police Department shares its strategy with the public in a spirit of candor — and because we need everyone’s help,” Police Chief William Brooks said in a statement.
It outlines the challenge that Norwood and many other communities have faced in dealing with drug dependence, particularly heroin and prescription opioids.
Last Friday, Norwood police arrested two alleged drug dealers in separate incidents, and last month, a dealer suspected of selling drugs in Norwood and surrounding communities was arrested and charged.
The department’s objective is to arrest dealers, help landlords evict them, help addicts, and educate the public.
Its plan is based on the principles of the New York City Police Department’s “Compstat Approach.”
First, the department will use an “intelligence-led” policing strategy including deploying officers in marked and unmarked cars, on foot, on bicycle, in uniform, and in plainclothes.
In addition, officers will work on communication with the community.
Finally, the department wants to measure its success through “relentless follow-up and assessment.”