County police receive state funds to fight opioid epidemic
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.