Scientology's sneaky strategy: Suck up to police departments through 'Drug-Free' campaigns - 2017-06-26
Our man who keeps an eye on Scientology front groups, Rod Keller, is watching Scientology's increasing involvement with law enforcement. Here's his report...
Scientologists received a remarkable request recently from Clearwater member Patrick Clouden. Clouden is a large donor to Scientology, and in particular to the Foundation for a Drug-Free World. The flier he put out says that the Clearwater Police Department has asked Scientology for help dealing with the increase in the use of synthetic drugs in the city, and volunteers are being asked to come to meet at the storefront headquarters on social reform row on Fort Harrison Ave. (This is the same police department that Scientology protested in 1997, during which they taunted the chief with the chant "Sid Klein, What's Your Crime?")
The Clearwater police recall the contact with Scientology differently. It was Scientology that approached the police, and not the other way around, the department tells us in a statement: