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Major Crimes Task Force
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Utah County Major Crimes Task Force

About the Task Force

Utah County Major Crimes Task Force"The mission of the Utah County Major Crimes Task Force is to promote a collaborated multi-agency effort through local, state, and federal agencies, to identify, investigate and dismantle major drug trafficking organizations operating in the Utah County area, with emphasis on heroin (currently an epidemic in our area), methamphetamine and clandestine lab, target and apprehend street to mid-level drug traffickers and increase efforts in the investigation and arrests of individuals and organizations involved in the distribution of opiate based prescription pills and target gang activity involved in drug distribution and any violent crimes."

The Utah County Major Crimes Task Force is made up of individuals from multiple agencies assigned to address the problems of drugs, gangs, and violent crimes occurring in Utah County. This group of officers are considered specialists and have the expertise that they can contribute to solve whatever problem the Task Force is assigned to address.

The Task Force Board of Directors is made up of representatives, Chiefs, Sheriff, and Utah County Attorney, from each agency involved in and contributing to the Task Force, with the Chairman of the board being Chief Gary Giles with the Orem Police Department. The Utah County Major Crimes Task Force is comprised of fourteen local Police Agencies within Utah County to include State, Local, and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies.

The supervisors of the Task Force are approved by the board. Lieutenant Jeff Bailey, with the Orem Police Department is the Director of the Task Force and Lieutenant Robert Patrick, with the Provo Police Department is the Field Director. They are responsible for the administration of the Utah County Major Crimes Task Force. There are seven Sergeants that supervise the Task Force with 18 detectives whose main case load deals with pursuing high level drug trafficking organizations, targeting gang activity, and violent crimes occurring in Utah County. There are also 20 detectives, whose main case load is to target street level drug dealers, drug users and gang activity, while focusing on their cities of assignment. These detectives are assigned from the following Police Departments; Orem, Provo, Lehi, Spanish Fork, Springville, American Fork, Pleasant Grove, Utah County Sheriff's Office, and the State Department of Public Safety.

There are also part-time Federal agencies assigned to the Task Force; Homeland Security Investigations, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms, and Immigrations & Customs Enforcement. Also assigned part-time to the Task Force are a Utah County Attorney and Adult Probation & Parole agent.

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