CURWENSVILLE — Illegal drug activity remains on the rise in Curwensville Borough.

At Monday’s Curwensville Borough Council meeting, Mayor John Adams reported Curwensville Borough Police Department Chief Mark Kelly noted in his monthly activity account that drug activity has intensified the last five months.

Just as he reported in February, Adams said the number of criminal incidents related to drugs and drug activity continues to climb.

“There is a continuous increase in drug activity in the area and it is only getting worse,” Kelly wrote.

Adams said Kelly compared the first five months of 2019 against the last five months of 2018 and found a nearly 180 percent upward spiral and a 150 percent rise when comparing similar periods of 2019 to 2018.

According to statistics for the borough shared by Kelly, there were 25 incidents of drug activity from Jan. 1 through May 31, 2019 compared to nine for Aug. 1 through Dec. 31, 2018.

Kelly’s report for May reported four drug-related calls. Three were for narcotics possession and one was for drug paraphernalia violations.

Adams reported both Kelly and Officer Joe Witherite have been trained in Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement. ARIDE trains law enforcement officers to observe, identify, and articulate the signs of impairment related to drugs, alcohol or a combination of both, in order to reduce the number of impaired drivers and impaired driving related traffic collisions.

This course will train other criminal justice professionals (prosecutors, toxicologists, etc.) to understand the signs of impairment related to drugs, alcohol, or a combination of both and enable them to effectively work with law enforcement in order to reduce the number of impaired drivers and impaired driving related traffic collisions.

Kelly wrote the specialized training equips department officers with better knowledge allowing them to recognize signs of motorists under the influence of drugs and to be able to perform more detailed standard field sobriety testing to detect the signs and symptoms of someone being under the influence of certain types of drugs.

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