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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-one funded task forces that span seventy counties. The task forces are staffed by over 200 investigators from over 120 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 2017 data includes:
 
ACTIVITY
RESULT
Total number of drug arrests
2,875
Number of 5th degree marijuana cases with firearm
117
Total number of non-drug arrests
1,244
Percentage of violent crimes (Part 1)
24%
Number of arrests involving heroin
356
Number of arrests involving methamphetamine
2,125
Number of arrests involving marijuana & concentrates
976
Number of arrests involving heroin & prescription drugs
846
Number of children removed during arrest
446
Number of guns seized
889
Amount of meth seized (grams)
283,492
Amount of prescription drugs seized (dosage units)
214,425
Amount of marijuana concentrates seized (grams)
33,764
Number of cases coordinated with other agencies
1,689
Number of community presentations given
520
Number of people in attendance at community mtgs.
19,564
Number of POST hours training completed by agents
8,283
 

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