Pubdate: Thu, 25 Mar 2004
Source: Azle News (TX)
Copyright: 2004, Azle News and HCN Online Services
Author: Andy Pham


The Pelican Bay Police Department put the public on notice: a zero 
tolerance drug policy is in effect.

On Monday, police began posting over a half dozen signs declaring Pelican 
Bay a zero tolerance drug zone, Pelican Bay Police Chief Charles Clark 
said. Under the policy, anyone possessing drugs or related paraphernalia 
will be arrested, booked and taken to jail, Clark said.

"My main concern is for the kids and having drugs less accessible," he said.

Pelican Bay's arrest policy differs from some other police departments that 
only write citations for offenders possessing paraphernalia.

The police have already made an arrest under the new policy. After 
receiving a report of some teenagers loitering at an abandon home, an 
18-year-old man was arrested and booked into the City of Westworth's 
jailing facility.

The police department has also hired an officer to help enforce the new 
policy and investigate narcotics cases police encounter.

In addition to its new policy, Pelican Bay has signed an interlocal 
agreement with the Metro Narcotics Taskforce allowing the two entities to 
share information and work together as needed on drug related cases, Clark 

The taskforce will investigate most of the narcotics cases they share, 
Clark said.

The police chief said he is also attending monthly meetings with 
representatives of other law enforcement agencies to network and stay 
abreast of the latest news and trends.

The Pelican Bay Police's zero tolerance policy has been in the works for 
the past couple of months as the department narrows its focus on 
eliminating illicit drug use and dealings in the city, Clark said.
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