Police news: Drug drop-off and successful Citizen Academy (Updated)

Above: Police have been busy doing more than responding to calls and investigating crimes this spring. (images from Facebook)

The Southborough Police Department asked me to share information on a new resource for the community. And, while I’m at it, I’ll share some other good news they posted.

Police have installed a drop off box for prescription drugs in their lobby (19 Main Street). The MedReturn program allows people to dispose of unneeded medicine. 

SPD posted:

The Prescription Drug Drop Box is a safe, effective, and sustainable way to collect unwanted or expired household prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, and other unused medicines. The purpose of the Drop Box is to allow the public anonymous disposal of unwanted medication twenty four (24) hours a day, in a safe environment.

The collection box pitches that it helps to keep medicine “away from children and our water supply”. 

prescription drug boxClearly, it’s also a way to keep your old narcotics from tempting teens and adults. But it covers everything from prescription patches to vitamins. It’s even good for animal meds.

There are some limitations. The box isn’t for dropping off needles, liquids, ointments, etc. (Click on image right for dos and don’ts.)

sharps disposal at Transfer StationThe SPD also asked me to share their response to a question – where can needles be disposed of? Their is a collection box for “sharps” at the Transfer Station, right by the “hopper”. (See image right to read those instructions.)

Setting up that program is just one of the department’s intiatives this past spring.

The SPD also just celebrated the completion of their 8-week Citizen’s Police Academy. It was considered enough of a success, that they plan to hold another next year: 

Southborough police citizens academyWe would like to congratulate the Southborough residents who recently graduated from our eight week Citizens Police Academy held at the Senior Center. We enjoyed sharing the finer points of our profession and getting to know members of the Community on a personal level.

Special thanks to Officer’s Jake Woodford and Aaron Richardson for doing the background work to make the class a reality. We look forward to meeting a new group of students at next year’s presentation.

You can check out some of their shared pics of the academy in action earlier this spring below:

The adult Citizen’s Academy is completed just in time to give officers a break before they kick off this summer’s Junior Police Academy. The camp for 12-16 year olds will be held July 24th-28th. (If you’re looking for details on that, see the dedicated post.)

Updated (6/21/17 11:15 am): Chief Kenneth Paulhus asked me to add the information on where “sharps” can be disposed.

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