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MOUNT VERNON — It’s been said it takes a village to raise a child. Knox County Sheriff’s Office Detective Lt. Craig Feeney takes that adage a step further challenging the community to be a helping hand in the fight against the drug epidemic.
“This isn’t a law enforcement problem — it’s a community problem,” Feeney said to more than 125 people at Tuesday’s first town hall meeting addressing the drug problem. “We are (doing our job), but we can’t do it all. The community has to get involved in this effort.”
The seasoned detective illustrated the effects drugs, and the crime associated with drug addiction, have on the community. He explained that users have to pay for their drugs. To do that, they will break into vehicles, houses, steal from stores, etc. When homeowners file police reports and claims against their insurance their premiums go up, stores increase prices to make up for lost merchandise and eventually, property values start to fluctuate.