Recipient - President's Commendation
May 20, 2010
The York County Drug Task Force was created in 1987 as a law enforcement tool to help fight the war on drugs. The task force was established to aid and assist York County Police Departments in conducting narcotics investigations within their respective jurisdictions. The York County Drug Task Force is a collaborative effort and partnership between the York County District Attorney's Office, York County Chiefs of Police, and York City Police Department.
The York County Drug Task Force consists of experienced narcotics investigators and an experienced narcotics prosecutor who can provide advice and guidance in narcotics investigations as needed. Additionally, when called upon, the York County Drug Task Force attempts to assist other police departments in supplying manpower to the requesting department by utilizing experienced York County Drug Task Force officers.
Currently there are thirteen departments with assigned drug task force members, including vice and narcotics troopers from the Pennsylvania State Police. The York County Drug Task Force has developed a close working relationship with both the US Marshalls and the FBI, with each agency having an agent who operates out of the York County Drug Task Force office.
In 2009, the York County Drug Task Force was responsible for 652 felony drug arrests and 385 misdemeanor drug arrests. These arrests resulted in $146,249 in heroin, $285,300 in cocaine, and $292,622 in marihuana being taken off the streets of York County. It is because of the expertise, hard work and dedication of the York County Drug Task Force officers that the York County community is a safer place to live.
The award was accepted on behalf of the York County Drug Task Force by Senior Deputy Prosecutor Karen Comery from the York County District Attorney's Office.
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