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Dorchester Drug Task Force Now Has Involvement of Local Police

CAMBRIDGE, Md.- It is more than just heroin causing problems in Dorchester County. Now, police forces are pulling together to loosen the hold of drugs in the area.

"For the first time ever, since our inception, we're going to have a 100 percent involved police department.  For the first time ever, everybody in the county is going to be participating in this drug task force," said Dorchester sheriff James Phillips.

While the separate agencies tackled the problems in the past, they sometimes had overlap due to a lack of communication.

"Because there was no open communication allowed, sometimes we were duplicating efforts. If we're duplicating efforts, somebody is wasting time. Now that's not going to happen, we're on the same page," said Phillips.

Hurlock police chief Les Hutton said in the six months they've been in the task force, they have already seen improvements.

"We've seen a marked improvement in narcotics enforcement and intelligence gathering. It's nice to know that we have a full complement of people working on the problem," said Hutton.

But Cambridge police chief Dan Dvorak said it is not just about arrests.

"Arresting them is only part of it. We have to work with everyone else in the community to get them treatment, because otherwise, they'll get right back to selling drugs, because people are buying drugs," said Dvorak.

Locals say the renewed efforts have been a long time coming.

"It's something that for years needed to be done. It helps countywide when everyone is on the same page," Derek Hurt of Secretary said.

Ordinary citizens and police alike are excited about the change, and hope it can put a dent in the problem.

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