- 200 kits have been distributed in voluntary effort
Law enforcement officials recognize the major role community support will play in their efforts to win the war against methamphetamine in Wabash Valley communities.
"The positive response is beyond our expectation," said Lt. Brent Johnson, Commander of the Indiana State Police Terre Haute Post. "All the store managers and employees we've seen want to help us fight meth."
Troopers from the ISP Terre Haute Post have begun the distribution of 200 Meth Watch Kits to local retailers as part of the newly formed Indiana Meth Watch program.
Indiana Meth Watch is a new voluntary retail store program to educate customers. It is sponsored through a partnership of Indiana Criminal Justice Institute with state and local law enforcement agencies in an effort to continue Gov. Mitch Daniels' plan to protect Hoosiers from the dangers of Methamphetamine.
"We are not alone in this fight," he said. "This insidious killer hurts our communities in every way. From the addiction it causes, to the hopeless view of the future, to the children who see it, many are affected."
Purchased through a federal grant, the free Meth Watch Kits include:
- an employee training DVD
- posters explaining the store's support of Meth Watch
- door and register decals and shelf danglers to let the community know the retailer participates in the program
- flyers and brochures to explain why the store is participating in Meth Watch and educate the community
- a Suspicious Transaction Report for employees and management to turn into local law enforcement agencies.
Retailers in Parke, Vermillion, Vigo, Sullivan and Clay counties who wish to participate in the program can contact Sgt. Joe Watts for more details at the ISP Terre Haute Post at 1-800-742-0717.
The public can learn more about Indiana Meth Watch by visiting www.methfreeindiana.org or by calling 877-855-METH.