LOGAN, Ohio -- Logan police have come up with a unique way to track down drug dealers. A questionnaire urging drug dealers to turn in the competition. It's getting a lot of attention around town. After a week, they've already seen results.
If you want to get the scoop on what’s happening in Logan, “Styles Unlimited” Salon is always a good place to start. The talk of the town this week is the Logan police department's latest, creative crime fighting idea.
"This is the first time I've heard of this," said resident Candance Hogsett.
The department is urging drug dealers to come forward and report their competition. The departed posted a questionnaire to social media that dealers can fill out.
"I think it's hilarious, but maybe it could help them out. You never know what that could bring," resident Emilee Klamfoth told ABC6.
"Actually, the same night that it went up on the Facebook page, a guy came over, and he says 'Hey, I don't know if you know about this, but this guys doing, this, this and this outside of his house.' And I was like wow, maybe it will work," said Lt. Tony Byram.
Byram told ABC6 that the questionnaire is obviously “tongue in cheek.” However, in recent days they have received a number of tips about crime in the community.
"Reaching out to the community and letting them know that they can trust us, and we have faith in them," said Lt. Byram.
The Logan department is known for thinking outside the box. Two years ago, officers on patrol started engaging the community through live Facebook streams. Byram told ABC6 that the questionnaire is another way to connect and push folks to report crimes in their neighborhoods.
"I certainly hope so, that's the goal," said Byram.
One things for sure, officers certainly have folks talking with this one.
"I mean, drugs are definitely a problem in Logan and I mean I hope it does help them. I hope they do get reports for it," Klamfoth told ABC6.
Word about this idea is spreading across the country. Officers in Logan told ABC6 that just this week they got a call from the New York City Police Department asking if they've actually gotten good tips from the questionnaire.