Police chief highlights potential benefit of patrol dog
By Jamie Henneman/For The Independent
A woman sits passed out in her car at a gas station on the north end of Chewelah, the car is running and she is slumped over the steering wheel with a used hypodermic needle sitting in the passenger seat. When an officer from the Chewelah PD checks on her, she admits the needle and the meth sitting next to it are hers and she is trying to stop using.
This unfortunate situation captured in a recent Chewelah PD police report is just a snapshot of the situations local law enforcement face when trying to combat drug abuse in Stevens County. Drug prosecutions via the Stevens County Prosecutor’s office have climbed in the last year from 71 counts in 2015 to 98 counts in the last 12 months. The Chewelah PD responded to a total of 2,575 calls in 2016 that included numerous drug related situations. Drugs are an issue that can be difficult to address, particularly due to some of the new restrictions on law enforcement, according to Chewelah Police Chief Mark Burrows. More