Chief aims to start drug interdiction unit
by Wes Mayer
After meeting with the man named “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” Grantville Police Chief Doug Jordan is hoping to establish Grantville’s own drug team.
On Aug. 24, Jordan flew to Phoenix to meet with the sheriff of Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio. Jordan was invited after emailing Arpaio a few weeks ago, and the two were able to sit down and discuss their views and experiences with law enforcement, Jordan said.
“I was very interested in how he described his ability to make people mad at him by simply enforcing the state and federal laws he is sworn to uphold,” Jordan said. “I told him, ‘It’s this simple, we the people of the United States, either citizens or politicians, do not have the pleasure to pick and choose which laws we will abide by. As law enforcement officials, we do not get to pick and choose which laws we enforce.’”
During their meeting, Jordan learned about and became inspired by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office’s ability to combat illegal drugs.
“Even though [Arpaio] is best known for his hard stance on illegal immigrants,” Jordan said, “the sheriff's department has a top-notch drug interdiction unit. Maricopa County is a border county of Mexico. Along with the entry of illegal immigrants is the drug trade coming from Mexico. The shear amount of drug traffic into Arizona lends to more experience in dealing with everyday illegal narcotics. The old saying [goes], experience is the best knowledge. Sheriff Arpaio's drug teams know through this experience and train with the latest intelligence, technology and tactics.”
When Jordan inquired about the possibility of training some Grantville officers in Maricopa County, Arpaio accepted.
“We are in the process of setting up some training for the Grantville officers to travel to Arizona and get hands-on training,” Jordan said.
“This training will help establish Grantville's drug interdiction team, he said.
The hope is that the newly-established drug team will eradicate Grantville's drug problem, he said. “My goal is to give the citizens of Grantville the safest place to live and raise their kids in a drug-free environment,” the chief said.
Maricopa County contains Arizona’s capitol and almost four million residents. The city of Grantville has about 3,700 residents. There are only eight officers in the Grantville Police Department, but Jordan said size is not everything.
“The mere size of Grantville is conducive for good policing as the areas are easily patrolled,” Jordan said. “The illegal narcotics in Grantville is a very small dot compared to most cities. But every city has its problem. It’s my aim to stop all illegal drug activity in Grantville through tough enforcement and good training for the city of Grantville's police officers.”
The program is still in the works, but Jordan said it will not cost the city of Grantville any money. He is planning on sending one officer at a time to do training in Arizona, though the program will not be mandatory.
Jordan said he hopes the Grantville Police Department will continue to grow as the city of Grantville grows. Jordan believes with a drug interdiction unit, Grantville will soon have a crime suppression unit, and officers will have the skills to police not only illegal drugs, but all types of crime.
“I plan to make a change here in Grantville,” Jordan said, “and being as tough on crime as Sheriff Arpaio is will help make the city of Grantville a safe place to live and raise a family. We are on the right track now.”
“Any chance that I can send a Grantville police officer to Arizona to train with the best would be unheard of without the support from Sheriff Arpaio,” he added.