METRICH Looks Towards The Future At Annual Meeting

  • 9/18/2018 1:40:50 PM
  • Tyler Warner
  • Local News

ONTARIO, OH - The METRICH Annual Meeting was held Tuesday morning to celebrate 32 years as a Task Force and look forward to the future.

The meeting was held at the Ontario Event Center on Tuesday and was attended by local and state elected officials, sheriffs, police and fire chiefs and more. Among topics discussed were funding status, a review of drug trends in the ten METRICH counties and also nationwide, and goals and objectives for the task force moving into 2019. 

Tony Tambasco, director of the Mansfield Police Department's Crime Lab, was among the presenters delivering a lengthy presentation regarding trends and drugs he's seeing in his lab in Mansfield. There was also a brief presentation regarding Ohio Issue 1 given by Richland County Common Pleas Court Judge Brent Robinson.

Crawford County Sheriff Scott Kent and Wyandot County Sheriff Michael Hetzel were unanimously re-nominated to their positions as Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the METRICH board, respectively, as part of the proceedings. 

During a small portion of the event, Mansfield PD Assistant Chief Keith Porch recognized some of the larger seizures over the last year in each county. Many of the seizures were high volume, high street value drug busts that were some of the larger stories over the last year.

Mansfield Chief of Police Ken Coontz was on hand and announced that right around $11,000 in funding was granted to each of the METRICH counties that applied. That money is allocated to be put towards the purchase of special task force vehicles.

METRICH remains one of the largest and most successful multi-jurisdictional task forces in Ohio. METRICH faces continued financial concerns throughout its ten counties, however, the force proves over and over that the multi-jurisdictional approach not only enhances investigative and operational capacities but also provides a safer platform for investigators and citizens.

For More Information, Visit METRICH online.

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