Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office secures $100K grant for heroin task force
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The Hamilton County Heroin Drug Task Force tracks overdose deaths to find the dealers who sell the deadly heroin.
It has grown over the years and suspected overdose deaths are up 60 percent last year over the year before.
But the federal program that's been funding the task force cut its budget, again.
It's been cutting the budget since the task force started in 2015. Cuts total $130,000.
The commander says the 12 task force officers are grateful to the prosecutor’s office for securing a grant worth more than $100,000.
The Drug Enforcement Administration is helping fund the task force too, keeping it strong in 2018.
"We're finding people who are adding or creating the problem, holding them accountable because they're killing people by selling drugs causing people to die. That's our mission,” said Heroin Task Force Commander Tom Fallon, who is an officer with Amberly Village Police Department.
The Heroin Task Force is made up of officers from police agencies in Hamilton County, Ohio's Bureau of Criminal Investigations and the Drug Enforcement Administration