Hello, my name is Patty Bittner. I’m a Leech Laker from Waashkesho-ziibing (Deer River). I am the Methamphetamine Community Policing Coordinator for the Leech Lake Tribal Police. This position requires me to go into the communities and schools across our Leech Lake Reservation and educate people young and old about the dangers of methamphetamine and other drugs. I set up informational booths and presentations containing information about Methamphetamines and other drug prevention and awareness materials. My co-worker, Andrea Humphrey, LL Crime Data Analyst also assists me with these community events.
I wanted to design a road side billboard that would reach everyone with a positive approach and this is what I came up with. One day I was joking around with my co-workers and starting saying, “Don’t Meth with Me.” They thought it was funny and liked it, so I went with it. The billboard is now located on Hwy 2, West of Cass Lake.
I want to say Mii-Gwetch to Travis Hemp, Leech Lake Police Investigator, for helping me construct the billboard, Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School Liaison, Officer Shannon Northbird (Shanrach Photography) for taking the photos, Brianne Thompson and Marissa Oothoudt for taking the photo in their beautiful regalia, Enbridge Pipeline for donating the use of the billboard and the Leech Lake Tribal Police Chief Michael Robinson Sr. and Assistant Chief Kenneth Washington for accepting my idea and making this grant funded project possible.
We are available to do presentations and information booths on prevention and awareness on Methamphetamines and other drugs. Please contact myself, Patty Bittner at the Leech Lake Tribal Police at 218-335-7155 or toll free (888) 622-9225 for these services.