Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $409,000)
According to the New Hampshire Oﬃce of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME), there were 436 confirmed drug deaths in New Hampshire in 2021. That is over one death a day in the State attributed to drugs. It was to address these issues that the Attorney General’s Drug Task Force (Drug Task Force) was created in 1986. This multi-jurisdictional Drug Task Force has historically been the largest single drug enforcement effort in New Hampshire and is still a significant factor in addressing illicit substances. The Drug Task Force Unit operates throughout the state and strives to provide street-level support to local police departments.
Currently, there are four regional teams coordinated and supported by a central administrative operation out of the New Hampshire Department of Justice. Each team consists of a team leader and a number of undercover operatives. These operatives are select members of state, county, and local law enforcement officers, who conduct controlled drug investigations in support of local law enforcement agencies.
This funding will be directed towards these undercover officers, increasing allocations to participating jurisdictions. This additional funding will help off-set the cost of replacing the officer at their respective law enforcement agency and allowing these agencies to fund a police officer for the Drug Task Force at a competitive level, thereby, assisting with limiting the turnover in these vital positions.
Funding for training will also be allocated to allow the undercover police officers to remain up to date on new drugs hitting the streets and any new tactical training being offered.
Additionally, funding will be allocated to fund one (1) temporary full-time investigator within the Drug Task Force Unit.
The State Administrative Agency for this funding is the New Hampshire Department of Justice, who is the recipient of a majority of the federal grant programs administered by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs for the State.
The purpose of the Drug Task Force continues to be to support local drug enforcement, using skills and capabilities not always present in smaller police departments.