The Cook County Sheriff has drafted 25 garbage collectors who work for Waste Management in Alsip and trained them to look for suspicious activity while working, such as drugs in the garbage, marijuana plants growing in yards and abandoned vehicles on the street. There is no costs to the taxpayers or the county for these additional crime fighters. Waste Management is really the force behind this program. They started "Waste Watch" in 2004 and have actually implemented this program in Orland Park since 2006. The Alsip based Waste Management garbage collectors handle waste from Chicago Ridge, Oak Lawn, Orland Park, Palos Heights and several other suburbs. The garbage collectors will have no police power. They will simply be trained to know what to look for and anything they report to the police will be held confidential.
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said that he hopes to expand this program to all the suburbs in Cook County.
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