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Violent Crime Enforcement Teams

Overview 

This state and federally funded program authorized under Minnesota Statutes 299A.642 was created to provide funding and guidance for the operation of multijurisdictional task forces that address narcotics, gang and related violent crime. The goal is to increase the identification and arrest of serious law violators and enhance the amount of law enforcement expertise available statewide for complex investigations that cross jurisdictional boundaries. There are currently twenty-three funded task forces that span seventy counties. The task forces are staffed by over 200 investigators from over 120 individual agencies.

To coordinate and oversee these multijurisdictional entities, the 2010 Minnesota Legislature established the Violent Crime Coordinating Council (VCCC) to provide guidance related to the investigation and prosecution of gang and drug crime. The VCCC provides direction and oversight to the multijurisdictional task forces and enforcement teams located throughout the state. The VCCC works closely with the Commissioner of Public Safety and is charged with additional responsibilities governing the operation of multijurisdictional VCETs.

Program Activities and Outcomes

 Each VCET provides extensive data and narrative reports on a quarterly basis.  This information assists the department in allocating funds and analyzing drug and violent crime trends throughout the state.  Calendar year 2014 data includes:
 
ACTIVITY
RESULT
Total number of drug arrests
3,434
Number of 5th degree marijuana cases with firearm
104
Total number of non-drug arrests
774
Percentage of violent crimes (Part 1)
13%
Gang-related arrests (drug and non-drug cases)
196
Number of arrests involving methamphetamine
2004
Number of arrests involving marijuana
966
Number of arrests involving prescription drugs
647
Number of children removed during arrest
386
Number of guns seized
828
Amount of meth seized (grams)
101,374
Amount of prescription drugs seized (dosage units)
18,398
Amount of synthetic drugs seized (grams)
7,900
Number of cases coordinated with other agencies
1571
Number of community presentations given
437
Number of people in attendance at community mtgs.
19,164
Number of POST hours training completed by agents
11,892
 

For more information contact:
Kristin Lail, 651-201-7322
Kristin.Lail@state.mn.us

 

Drug Disposal information  

The Office of Justice Programs is working with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) the 3M Corporation to coordinate destruction of seized controlled substances. See the BCA appointment form below for more information: 

For more information on managing waste at law enforcement agencies, please visit the Pollution Control Agency.

For more information contact:
Brian Marquart, 651-201-7338
Brian.marquart@state.mn.us