King Park residents helping police fight war on drugs

Kings Park residents have taken their neighborhood watch program into the digital age by setting up a website and tip hotline to collect reports about

KINGS PARK - Kings Park residents have taken their neighborhood watch program into the digital age by setting up a website and tip hotline to collect reports about drug activity.Debbie Danley says a family member battled addiction for 10 years. She says she's seen how her community has been devastated by drugs, so she and her friend, Maureen Rossi, started an organization called In The Know to field anonymous tips about drug users and other suspicious activity.

The two started a website called KingsParkInTheKnow.org, where visitors can report instances of illegal narcotic use. They also have a tip hotline where callers can leave license plates, suspects' names and other information. Those tips get sent anonymously to law enforcement.Suffolk police officials say they've made several arrests based on information from In The Know. Officials say other communities across Long Island are copying the Kings Park program with similar success.

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