With the purpose of saving lives, the Flower Mound Police Department has launched an innovative program called I.N. the Know, a new tool to help combat drug abuse among teens within the community.
The “I.N.” of the title stands for “Identify” and “Notify,” two key components of the initiative.
With I.N. the Know, officers will focus on identifying at-risk teens that are using or experimenting with dangerous drugs, specifically heroin.
Once identified, the Police Department will reach out and notify family members their son or daughter may be using heroin and provide the necessary resources and support to help that young person get back on the path to success.
I.N. the Know is not intended to be an enforcement effort, rather, a life-saving mission for Flower Mound youth. Most importantly, all tips and information regarding teen narcotic use will remain confidential and no criminal charges will be filed, once information is provided.
Often, community members, school officials, and fellow classmates become aware of a teenager’s drug use. Due to various reasons such as lack of evidence, not wanting to get involved, or get the person in trouble, nothing is done about the situation. However, with I.N. the Know, the silence ends and help begins.
“The Police Department will continue to target those individuals who are selling drugs to our kids, but when it comes to the end-user – the family is the answer, not the Police Department, not the school, but the family,” FMPD Sgt. Colin Sullivan said.
If you have information relating to a teenager using narcotics, please call the Flower Mound Police Sergeant Colin Sullivan at 972-874-3341 or the FMPD non-emergency line at 972-539-0525.