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Police Appreciation/Prisons fight opioids

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jan 8, 2017 6:18 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, January 9, 2017:

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Last week, rookie Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Landon Weaver was laid to rest -- a week after being shot and killed in Huntingdon County by a man who was accused of violating a Protection From Abuse Order.  The 23-year-old Weaver was a newlywed who had just married his high school sweetheart a few months before.

Trooper Weaver was one of 140 law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in 2016 and one of four in Pennsylvania. 

Five police officers were killed in an ambush in Dallas and three more were shot to death in Baton Rouge, Louisiana last July.

Those shootings may have been triggered in retaliation for several unrelated police shootings of African-American men.  In fact, one of the most contentious issues facing the country today is the relationship between police officers and their communities.  

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Les Neri - President, Fraternal Order of Police Pennsylvania State Lodge / Joe Kovel - President, Pennsylvania State Troopers Association

National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is Monday.   On Smart Talk, we are joined by Les Neri, President of the Fraternal Order of Police Pennsylvania State Lodge and Joe Kovel, President of the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association to discuss policing in 2017.

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Also, the York Daily Record and several other local newspapers are publishing a series of stories about what area county prisons are doing in the fight against opioid addiction.  Recognizing that a large percentage of inmates are behind bars because of substance abuse, the jails and counties are attempting to help those suffering from addiction and those who are being released from coming back.

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Randy Parker - News Director, York Daily Record / Daniel Walmer - Investigative Reporter, Lebanon Daily News

On Monday's Smart Talk, we're joined by York Daily Record News Director Randy Parker, Lebanon Daily News Investigative Reporter Daniel Walmer and a woman who has been incarcerated and suffered through addiction.


on Police Appreciation:

"Good morning gentlemen, thanks for your service.  Regarding marijuana laws, it's an interesting time.  As an otherwise productive and law abiding citizen, its confusing as other states legalize recreational use and the broader culture seems to accept adult consumption of marijuana, yet in Pennsylvania this is still considered criminal activity.  Can the officers discuss their attitudes towards enforcement as things are changing?"                      - anon

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