When Governor Rick Perry shut down Texas' system of drug task forces in 2006, we heard similar cries that the move would cripple law enforcement. That hasn't come to pass, though (in some places enforcement actually improved), because the task forces focused more on arresting users than pursuing "big fish." I'm willing to bet California could get by just fine without them, too.
Included in this half-billion-dollar decision is all money for a rural law enforcement program that gives $500,000 a year to each of California's 37 sparsely populated counties, as well as $29 million to combat methamphetamine.
"It's not just a drop in the bucket," [Del Norte County Sheriff] Wilson said. "This money really becomes critical for small departments like ours."
He said the $500,000 Rural Sheriff's Grant makes up a large portion of his office's funds.
Monday, May 19, 2008
California may follow Texas shutting down drug task forces
With large cuts proposed at the federal level and a state spending crisis, in California a state Senate subcommittee last week approved a plan to eliminate funding for that state's system of regional narcotics task forces. According to The Daily Triplicate (May 16):