KSP Post 6 launches “Operation: Stop the Grinch”
The holiday season is upon us. Traditionally, this is a time where families gather to celebrate through a variety of customs unique to each family. Often, these celebrations involve the purchase of gifts that are shared with family members and friends. Unfortunately, this is also a time where law enforcement investigate a rise in theft related crimes from homes, vehicles and businesses. The Kentucky State Police Dry Ridge Post has a plan to reduce holiday thievery.
Troopers from Post 6 - Dry Ridge launched “Operation: Stop the Grinch”. The Christmas season cartoon classic “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” is centered on the Grinch and his attempt to stop the holiday in the town of Whoville. Captain David P. Jude, Post 6 Commander states “Although in the story the Grinch turns out to be a hero, we know this doesn’t translate into the real world. The ‘Grinches’ that plague our community don’t return gifts nor engage in celebrations with the families they victimize.”
“Operation: Stop the Grinch” is a proactive effort to locate and educate “Grinches” in our communities.
In the two month period of November and December 2014, the rural counties of Post 6 experienced over 250 robbery/theft related incidents. Jude said “we have seen a downward trend lately in theft related crimes” noting each year since 2012 larceny crimes have decreased. “It is our goal to make all of our communities safer and Operation: Stop the Grinch is one step towards doing so” says Jude.
The program runs until Christmas Day. Jude added “Troopers can’t do this alone, we can use the community’s help. If you know a name of anyone engaged in or suspected of engaging in theft related crimes, give us a call.” Post 6 can be reached at 859-428-1212, or through the KSP app.