There is little doubt that illegal narcotics have an enormous impact on the safety of Black Hawk County. Estimates indicate that over 80% of all crime committed in Iowa is attributable to illegal narcotics. Whether it be burglaries and thefts committed to get money for drugs, or assaults and domestic violence because of being high on drugs, we can do a better job at detecting, deterring and interdicting illegal drugs.
I promised during the campaign that we would aggressively address the problem of illegal drugs in our communities. I promised a 10% increase in drug cases worked by our agency. We have increased our drug related enforcement by over 200% and we continue to direct efforts in this crime.
The residual impact is that our thefts, burglaries and crimes against property are decreasing. I hope this trend continues and pledge to continue to place the proper amount of focus on illegal drug investigations and drug enforcement in our county.