Berea Police Department Chief David Gregory was honored with the Children’s Champion Award Tuesday night during a meeting of the Berea City Council. In presenting the award to the chief, Phyllis Adams, president of Be a Children’s Champion of Madison County, noted that Chief Gregory was being honored for his leadership in implementing programs such as Too Good for Drugs, which encourages county middle school students to make good life choices and avoid substance abuse.
In a related story, Richmond Police Department Detective Rodney Tudor briefed council members on the activities of High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDA) task force, a regional law enforcement coalition that includes the Berea Police Department and Madison County law enforcement agencies.
Among other accomplishments, Tudor reported HIDA facilitated the seizure of $300,000 in assets from drug suspects, raided three methamphetamine labs, made 75 drug arrests, and confiscated 32 firearms last year.
Tudor encouraged citizens to help police by calling (859) 623-1714 to report possible drug activity in their neighborhoods. He added that some information citizens may deem insignificant could actually turn out to be the difference in helping police make a drug arrest. Tips are anonymous and confidential, Tudor said.
In the meantime, Tudor noted that heroin and methamphetamine activity is definitely increasing in the county. “We have job security,” Tudor said. “There are a lot of drugs out there.”