Gov. Jay Nixon today visited the Greene County Combined Ozarks Multi-jurisdictional Enforcement Team (COMET) in Springfield and the Southeast Missouri Drug Task Force (SEMO) in Poplar Bluff to discuss his proposal to strengthen law enforcement efforts and continue combating drug-related crimes through Missouri's multi-jurisdictional drug task forces.
"Each and every day across our state, members of Missouri's multi-jurisdictional drug task forces work tirelessly and effectively to keep our streets safe and rid our communities of illegal drugs -- especially methamphetamine. This is a battle we must win, and that means supporting those who fight it." Gov. Nixon said. "That is why, as federal support for these efforts is scaled back, my administration is taking steps to ensure Missouri's drug task forces have the resources they need to continue fighting crime and protecting our citizens."
These task forces operate in communities across the state, in conjunction with the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control. In Fiscal Year 2012, Missouri's multi-jurisdictional Drug Task Forces worked more than 21,000 cases, made more than 9,000 arrests, and busted more than 1,700 meth labs.
Despite this clear and outstanding record of success, the federal government is reducing the funds available for these drug task forces in the upcoming fiscal year. In response, Gov. Nixon's budget proposes $3 million to support the more than two dozen multi-jurisdictional drug task forces across Missouri.
Missouri's Multi-jurisdictional drug task forces include:
- The North Missouri Drug Task Force in Adair County
- The East Central Drug Task Force in Audrain County
- The Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force in McDonald County
- The Municipal Enforcement Group Against Drug Abuse (M.E.G.A.D.A.) in Bridgeton
- The Buchanan County Drug Strike Force
- The Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group in Camden County
- The Clay County Drug Task Force
- The Mineral Area Drug Task Force in Farmington
- The Franklin County Narcotics Enforcement Unit
- The Combined Ozarks Multi-Jurisdictional Enforcement Team in Greene County
- The Northwest Missouri Interagency Team Response Operation (NITRO) in Grundy County.
- The Jackson County Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force
- The Jasper County Drug Task Force
- The Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force in Jefferson City
- The Jefferson County Municipal Enforcement Group
- The Board of Police Commissioners in Kansas City
- The Lafayette County Narcotics Unit
- The Northeast Missouri Narcotics Task Force in Monroe City
- The Mid-Missouri Multi-jurisdictional Drug Task Force in Morgan County
- The Bootheel Drug Task Force in Pemiscot County
- The Platte County Multi-jurisdictional Enforcement Group
- The Southeast Missouri Drug Task Force (SEMO) in Poplar Bluff
- The St. Charles County Regional Drug Task Force
- The Metro Multi-jurisdictional Undercover Drug Program in the City of St. Louis
- The Multi-jurisdictional Drug Task Force in St. Louis County
- The Community Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET) in Butler County
- The South Central Drug Task Force in West Plains
To learn more about the Governor's proposal to strengthen and support law enforcement, please visit MO.gov.