POMEROY — Signs will soon be available with the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office drug tip line number in an effort to help fight drug crimes here in the county.
Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood presented one of the signs to the Meigs County Commissioners during their weekly meeting on Thursday morning.
Wood explained that the signs will be available to county residents during the Meigs County Fair next week, with around 200 signs provided through the Gallia-Jackson-Meigs Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services. Should all the signs be distributed, Wood said he intends to order more signs to meet the demand.
Sheriff Wood said that the tip line has been working well since its establishment back in February. The messages left on the tip line are handled directly by the sheriff who then forwards the information on to the drug task force or other agency or officer who can best handle the information.
“I’m very pleased,” said Sheriff Wood of the tip line and the information received through it.
“We are putting the message out there that do not and will not put up with drug dealing in our communities,” said Wood. He stated that it is important for the voices of those in the community to be heard as those individuals are the eyes and ears of law enforcement in the communities where they reside.
Wood said that it is important for people to speak up and say something even if they are not sure it is important.
“Let us determine if it is something,” said Wood of the information provided.
Wood said that his philosophy as sheriff since day 1 is that there is no one magic answer in law enforcement to help with drug related crimes, but that the community can help to be that answer.
“Security is everyone’s responsibility. Recognize what is going on and say something,” noted the sheriff.
Callers have the option to remain anonymous if they wish to do so.
Tips on criminal drug activity can be provided at meigssheriff.org or by calling the tip line at (740) 992-4682.
Sarah Hawley is the managing editor of The Daily Sentinel.