I-Team: Roundtable Discussion on Police Challenges

HAZLETON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)  Officers from Luzerne County say they need some help -- fighting what they call a growing number of dangerous challenges. On Wednesday, those same officers met with U.S. Senator Pat Toomey. and he got an earful.. I-Team Reporter Andy Mehalshick was at that meeting. 

The officers say they are really up against it when it comes to problems like the opiod epidemic. They are also concerned about crimes committed by illegal immigrants--crimes they say have been ignored by the federal government.

  Police and others on the front line of the war on crime joined with Senator Pat Toomey.  Senator Toomey called this meeting to hear firsthand the concerns of these officers ,lawmakers and prosecutors...one of the big issues: Crimes committed by illegal immigrants, who flee to sanctuary cities,cities that will not enforce federal immigration laws..like Philadelphia.

 Also discussed, the opioid epidemic and the growing number of overdose deaths also took up a lot of attention at this roundtable discussion..

Detectives here say the opioid problem has led to a easier access and cheaper prices for heroin on the streets..

Det. Ken Zipovsky of the Hazleton Police told Eyewitness News "if think price of heroin on the street is indicative of the glut we have been seeing of opioids. I have been a police officer for 25 years a bag of heroin used to be $25 dollars now you can buy heroin for three dollars."

Senator Toomey says he is pushing efforts to cut federal funding for communities like Philadelphia and San Francisco which are sanctuary cities. .Toomey says he also wants to increase federal funding for local communities so they can better handle the impact of the opiod epidemic. Senator Toomey says he will also reintroduce legislation aimed at giving police officers surplus military equipment -- like armored vehicles and riot shields. the Obama administration originally placed restrictions on the use of some

 
   

 


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