METRICH Enforcement Unit launches smartphone app

Residents of North Central Ohio have a new way to stay connected with law enforcement, thanks to a new smartphone app released by the METRICH execution unit.

The METRICH app is available for Apple and Android devices, according to a press release provided by Mansfield Police Department Chief Keith Porch.

The app was designed to provide useful information to the public such as drug education, addiction resources and helpful links.

Porch said the app cost $15,000, which was paid for by the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Office of Criminal Justice Services through grant funds.

Users will be able to view press releases and calendar events tailored to specific counties within the METRICH region.

Those who interact with the app will also be able to submit direct advice to METRICH detectives while remaining anonymous.

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The METRICH Enforcement Unit app is believed to be the first of its kind to be used by a drug task force in the state of Ohio.

“We hope that citizens of the METRICH region will take full advantage of this new platform,” the press release reads. “Together, we can reduce the availability of medicines that come into our community daily.”

The investigative group known today as the METRICH Enforcement Unit began in 1986 with the goal of reducing the availability of illegal drugs in Richland County, according to the agency’s website.

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The unit was formed after officers realized the Mansfield Police Department and the Richland County Sheriff’s Office were planning to raid the same location. Officers began meeting daily and sharing information and resources as they jointly carried out raids and arrests.

Today, the unit operates in nine other counties outside of Richland: Crawford, Huron, Morrow, Knox, Seneca, Marion, Ashland, Hancock and Wyandot.

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