On September 13, 2010, two search warrants for narcotics were served in the area of 78th and Kessler. As a result, two people were charged with possession with the intent to distribute narcotics. A third was charged with misdemeanor possession and a fourth was arrested for an outstanding felony warrant. This action would not have been possible were it not for the partnership being forged between the COPPS Unit and the neighbors in this area. COPPS, which stands for Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving, is a tried and true police philosophy that counts on a positive relationship between citizens and police to make the community safer. The COPPS Officers who work in this area understand the vast majority of neighbors are law abiding citizens who want a safe neighborhood. They encourage these good people to come together as a group, and help rid their neighborhood of criminals like those arrested on September 13th. It is no surprise that more and more neighbors are feeling empowered, as arrests like these are made, and reports of suspicious activity and other criminal behavior are being made to the police.
The neighborhood around 78th and Kessler has begun forming a Neighborhood Watch program, and selected a name for their town code, Timberland Creek. When the community and police come together in a cooperative spirit to make a neighborhood safer, criminals do not feel welcome.