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FOP president wants more jail space after another officer sickened by powder

FOP President says he'd like more jail space for drug arrests (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A Cincinnati police officer had to be checked out at the hospital on Oct. 2, after coming in contact with a white powder. This has happened several times in recent months.

The officer was arresting a man, and got sick after coming in contact with the powder while searching him for a weapon.

The powder has to be tested, but it's a suspected opioid and possibly cut with fentanyl, an anesthetic 50 times more powerful than heroin. "The answer may be slower more methodical searches but if we are taking time until someone hurts us with a traditional weapon, we're caught between a rock and a hard place."

FOP President Sergeant Hils has been lobbying Hamilton County Commissioners to find additional jail space for those arrested for dealing or possessing opiates.

Right now, the jail is so overcrowded people with minor drug offenses don't spend much time behind bars.

Hils also believes authorities should have greater ability to force people into treatment programs when they're harming themselves or endangering others.

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