Consistent with the Governor’s Strategy for Safe Streets and Neighborhoods and the Attorney General’s violent crime reduction initiatives, the existing county wide narcotics task force had been reorganized to create the Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Task Force. The Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force is focused on suppressing organized networks engaged in violence, gun possession and narcotics distribution, a top statewide law enforcement priority.
The increase of gang and drug problems in our nation transverses all social, economic and geographic boundaries and involves many communities. Although there may not be as many members or violent crimes may not reach the staggering numbers of our inner cities, Cape May County is no different – we have gang members who thrive on violence and illegal conduct such as narcotic distribution. They engage in criminal activity, and are particularly perilous to our children who are often the target of recruitment efforts.
The Task Force is supervised and staffed with Prosecutor’s Office detectives comprising operational, intelligence and fugitive components of the section. Also participating and an integral part of the Task Force are Special Agents in the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and municipal police officers throughout Cape May County as well as the New Jersey State Police as required to successfully complete the variety of investigative operations initiated. These highly trained detectives utilize a variety of investigative techniques including electronic surveillance and undercover operations. As part of their duties the detectives assigned to this section also coordinate intelligence information with municipal police departments throughout the County including counter-terrorism leads and homeland security matters.
The County Prosecutor, under the direction of the Attorney General, has taken steps that work towards the mission of a safer Cape May County. The reorganization of the investigation staff and the creation of a Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Task Force work towards this goal by pursuing the individuals that try to poison our community.
The Task Force also provides community outreach programs educates our residents and addresses this growing concern throughout our neighborhoods. For more information about these programs, please click here.