County po­lice re­ceive state funds to fight opi­oid epi­demic

The Dundalk Eagle - - SENIOR NEWS -

The Gov­er­nor’s Of­fice of Crime Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion (GOCCP) an­nounced awards to 16 ju­ris­dic­tions to­tal­ing nearly $900,000 from Mary­land’s Heroin Co­or­di­na­tor Pro­gram, which plays a crit­i­cal role in multi-ju­ris­dic­tional crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions by an­a­lyz­ing data that links over­dose vic­tims to drug traf­fick­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions op­er­at­ing within the state and across state lines.

This in­cludes $42,608 awarded to the Bal­ti­more County Po­lice De­part­ment.

The awards an­nounced to­day will help sup­port ju­ris­dic­tions in hir­ing a qual­i­fied law en­force­ment pro­fes­sional to serve as a Heroin Co­or­di­na­tor. The co­or­di­na­tors will use the Washington/Bal­ti­more High In­ten­sity Drug Traf­fick­ing Ar­eas (HIDTA) sys­tem to mon­i­tor and track drug in­ves­ti­ga­tions, drug seizures, drug ar­rests, heroin and opi­oid over­doses, and other dru­gre­lated in­ves­tiga­tive ac­tiv­i­ties.

“To im­prove our ef­forts to ad­dress the heroin and opi­oid cri­sis, we must have a seam­less com­mu­ni­ca­tions sys­tem which al­lows for col­lab­o­ra­tion and in­for­ma­tion shar­ing across mul­ti­ple law en­force­ment agen­cies,” said V. Glenn Fue­ston, Jr., GOCCP Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor. “Fund­ing for this po­si­tion is key.”

Since the Heroin Co­or­di­na­tor grant pro­gram be­gan, more than $1.6 mil­lion has been awarded through the pro­gram.

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