Ozark Police Crackdown on Drug Dealers

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

The night life in Ozark has been busy lately, but not in the way most may imagine.

Ozark Police Deputy Chief Myron Williams said, "The emphasis is going to be on narcotics and all our petty theft type crimes, which we relate back to drugs."

Since the end of January, Ozark Police have been cracking down on crime in the area.

With the help of the community, authorities have been focusing their attention on five "problem neighborhoods".

"The target areas or the neighborhoods where we get all of these calls,” Williams explained. “They range from complaints from the neighbors, to our own investigative work as to the different type of crimes we've had."

Residents in the area say the crackdown has been successful in area neighborhoods, saying they see authorities patrol the streets daily and on numerous occasions making sure their area is safe.

Sheliey Slater, an Ozark resident says, "They are here a lot; they’re in this neighborhood probably five or six times a day, but that's good."

Slater owns a daycare in Ozark and says she's noticed a difference in her neighborhood in the past month. "In this particular neighborhood and everything it used to be, a lot of people used to be walking up and down the street. Right there on the corner I would say they was probably selling drugs because of the cars that was coming up."

However, Slater, along with other area residents, say the police department’s action is making an impact, instilling a sense of safety in their own homes.

Williams says the community response has been wonderful.

Since the crackdown is still fresh, the department doesn't have the overall numbers, but they hope to continue the success they have been having.

Authorities say they rely heavily on the community's input. If you would like to report crime in your area, contact the Ozark Police Department at 774-0004.

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