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Violent Crime Coordinating Council


The 2010 Minnesota Legislature established the Violent Crimes Coordinating Council to provide guidance related to the investigation and prosecution of gang and drug crime.  The council provides direction and oversight to the multijurisdictional task forces and enforcement teams located throughout the state. This new council replaced the Gang and Drug Oversight Council that had been in existence since 2005.

The council’s primary duty is to “develop an overall strategy to ameliorate the harm caused to the public by gang and drug crime within the state of Minnesota." In addition, the council works closely with the commissioner of Public Safety and is charged with additional responsibilities to include:

  • Development of an operating procedures and policies manual to guide gang and drug investigation;
  • Identification and recommendation of an

    Meetings Schedule

    Executive Committee Meeting:   

     May 14, 2014         10:00 a.m.

    MN Dept of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs; 445 Minnesota Street, Suite 2300

    Full Council: June 11, 2014       10:00 a.m.

    MN Department of Corrections; 1450 Energy Park Drive; Pung Meeting Room (Suite 200)

    2014 VCCC Meeting Schedule

    Meetings Minutes

     2-12-14 VCCC Minutes.pdf

    12-11-13 VCCC Minutes.pdf

    10-14-13 VCCC Minutes.pdf

    8-14-13 VCCC Minutes.pdf

    6-12-13 VCCC Minutes.pdf


    Statutory Authority

    2010 Minnesota Statute 299.642

    For More Information

    Kristin Lail State Program Administrator
    Office of Justice Programs
    445 Minnesota Street #2300
    St. Paul, MN 55101

    (651) 201-7322
    individual to serve as the statewide gang and drug coordinator;
  • Development of grant eligibility criteria and application review process;
  • Recommendation for multijurisdictional task force funding termination for those not operating in a manner consistent with the best interest of the state or the public;
  • Development of processes to collect and share investigative data;
  • Development of policies to prohibit the improper use of personal characteristics to target individuals for law enforcement, prosecution or forfeiture actions; and
  • Adoption of objective criteria and identifying characteristics for use in determining whether individuals are or may be members of gangs ​involved in criminal activity.


      Policy Statements

      Gang Criteria         

         State and National Data




The Council is composed of 19 voting members, including four citizen members and 15 members representing federal, state and local law enforcement and prosecution agencies.

Violent Crime Coordinating Council - 2014 Membership List