The number-one goal of the new top cop in Sidney is cracking down on illegal drugs.
B.J. Wilkinson was sworn in as Sidney’s new police chief this week.
“Drugs and dope and the prolific nature of those things in culture across America are tied to almost every other problem that we’ve got,” Chief Wilkinson says. “If we can get our hands around substance abuse and make small inroads to stopping some of that, we can eliminate a whole of the other problems that we do (deal with) in law enforcement.”
Wilkinson says keeping drugs off Sidney’s streets will be a priority.
“If you peel back the layers of almost any crime that we investigate, somehow, some way, substance abuse is involved in those so that’s got to be first and foremost on our minds all the time,” Wilkinson says. “We’re constantly looking at ways to curb substance abuse.”
Wilkinson took the oath of office Monday and is excited to begin his new role, saying “Let’s get to work” to the crowd right after the ceremony.
Wilkinson comes to Sidney from Litchfield, Illinois, where he has served as police chief since 2002.
Wilkinson will oversee a Sidney police force with 14 sworn officers and an annual budget of $1 million.
By Dave Collins, KSID, Sidney