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  • NCCo to hold community meeting in Townsend tonight

  • County government officials will host a community meeting at Townsend Fire Hall on Thursday evening to discuss a pair of police initiatives.
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  • County government officials will host a community meeting at Townsend Fire Hall on Thursday evening to discuss a pair of police initiatives.
    The 6:30 p.m. meeting will focus on New Castle County Police Department’s newly-unveiled app for smartphones and mobile devices, as well as its long-running Heroin Alert Program.
    The department’s new app, which can be download for free at Google Play and iTunes, allows users to anonymously report a variety of crimes, while also providing links for traffic reports, submitting questions to Chief Col. E. M. Setting and other functions.
    The Heroin Alert Program, which debuted in the 1990s, is a public awareness campaign that brings attention to the dangers of the highly-addictive opiate.
    “It is our firm belief that the Heroin Alert Program has saved countless lives by warning people in detail about this dangerous drug,” New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon said in a release announcing the meeting. “[On Jan. 7], we added another valuable service to the community that could also potentially save lives – the police app that affords the community another way to contact police. This is the future of policing.”
    The meeting in Townsend will be the fourth of five held by county government as part of in its second round of regional community meetings. The first round took place in the fall.

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