ONDCP Working with Partners to Address Pharmacy Robberies and Rx Drug Abuse

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The violence and tragedy associated with pharmacy robberies have received considerable national attention in recent months.  In areas across this country, criminals have targeted pharmacies with the goal of stealing powerfully addictive medications, some of which can sell for as much as $80 per pill on the street.  Read More

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Director’s Column: April 2012

On February 29, I had the privilege of testifying before the House Judiciary subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security. This subcommittee has oversight responsibilities for the grant making components of the Department of Justice, of which the COPS Office is one. Read More

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One on One with…the National Community Pharmacists Association

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) represents independently owned pharmacies, including more than 23,000 independent community pharmacies across the country, which fill approximately 40 percent of the total prescriptions across the country. Read More

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The L. Anthony Sutin Civic Imagination Award Announcement

The Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (the COPS Office) has announced a call for nominations for the 2012 L. Anthony Sutin Civic Imagination Award. Read More

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Using Technology to Combat Pharmacy Robberies

Drug related crime has always been a serious concern for law enforcement, as well as the communities they serve, but brazen robberies at pharmacies have added a new dimension to the already dangerous field. Read More


Did You Know…?

On April 14, 1865, the day of his assassination, Abraham Lincoln had legislation on his desk to create the Secret Service. The legislation was actually commissioned on July 5, 1865, in Washington, D.C., introducing the "Secret Service Division" of the Department of the Treasury, with the mission of suppressing counterfeiting. At the time, the only other federal law enforcement agencies were the United States Park Police, U.S. Post Office Department, Office of Instructions and Mail Depredations, now known as the United States Postal Inspection Service, and the United States Marshals Service. The Marshals didn’t have the manpower to investigate all crime under federal jurisdiction, so the Secret Service began to investigate everything from murder to bank robbery to illegal gambling. After the assassination of President William McKinley in 1901, Congress informally requested that the Secret Service provide presidential protection. One year later, the Secret Service assumed full-time responsibility for presidential protection.

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