- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. (AP) - Rutland Police Chief James Baker is giving Springfield residents some encouraging words in their fight against illegal drugs in their southeastern Vermont community.

Baker and Rutland Mayor Christopher Louras attended a meeting in Springfield on Monday where they told about 200 residents and officials of their experience fighting drugs.

Baker told the group a data tracking and mapping program helped the department focus its energies on problem areas. He also says he believes a methadone clinic in Rutland that serves about 400 has helped reduce crime because people aren’t committing crimes to support their drug habits.

The Rutland Herald (https://bit.ly/1pqtOiE ) reports Springfield Police Chief Douglas Johnston says his department is working hard to combat crime, but it hasn’t educated people as much as it should about what it is doing.

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