Tongue-in-cheek Texas PD ad offers drug dealers 'free service'
"We are just reaching out to the community to try and liven things up [and] bolster attention to the police department," said RPD Lt. Justin Crocker
By Rebecca Hennes
HOUSTON — Houston area drug dealers looking to eliminate the competition are in luck.
The Rosenberg Police Department is offering to help drug dealers save money and claim more territory by offering a free service through Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers. Drug dealers who want to report their competition can contact a narcotics detective or crime stoppers for free, according to a Facebook post from the RPD.
All jokes aside, officials with the RPD said this is the first time they've run the creative crime prevention ad.
"We are just reaching out to the community to try and liven things up [and] bolster attention to the police department," said RPD Lt. Justin Crocker.
Crocker said as of Wednesday afternoon no suspected drug dealers have actually fallen for the prank and called to report any competition. His hopes are not set high that any will.
"We don't expect any real responses," Crocker said. "We've just gotten a lot of engaged comments, a lot of positive comments. People understand its a joke and they appreciate it and think its funny."
Crocker said the department might re-post the ad again once a year due to the community response it received. He added that despite the tongue-and-cheek ad, any resident aware of a suspected drug dealer should take the matter seriously.
"Always if you suspect or see suspicious activity or are concerned with anything in your area, contact local law enforcement regardless of where you live," Crocker said. "We are always here to help."