INGLEWOOD — City officials are sponsoring a march against drugs this weekend to enlist the community's help in the battle against narcotics.
"We've made a lot of headway in chasing drug dealers out of this city, but we'll never get rid of them for good without help from our residents," said Deputy City Manager Norman Cravens. "Unfortunately, the police can't be everywhere at once so it helps if the community acts as their eyes and ears."
A massive undercover police crackdown has dramatically reduced drug sales in the Dixon-Darby/Lockhaven and Hyde Park neighborhoods and resulted in the arrest of about 1,000 suspects. Police said most of the suspects could not have been arrested without help from residents who tipped off police or offered their homes for surveillance.
"If we could get more residents involved it sure would make our jobs a lot easier," said Lt. James Butts, who heads the undercover narcotics task force.