From drug-related crime to overdose deaths, illegal drugs and diverted prescription medications negatively affect our community in numerous ways. Enforcement of drug laws is a critical element in a multi-pronged strategy to reduce illegal drug use by disrupting the supply of drugs flowing into the area.
Recognizing that the drug problem is complex and not contained within city limits, the Portland Police Department has partnered with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and other local law enforcement agencies to make the most effective and efficient use of limited resources and personnel.
Two Portland Police detectives and a sergeant are currently assigned to a regional task force where work collaboratively to address the manufacture, sale, and use of illegal drugs as well as the diversion of prescription drugs.
Safe Streets Task Force
In 2012, the Portland Police Department collaborated with the FBI to launch a Safe Streets Task Force based in the city. Comprised of federal and local law enforcement personnel, the Task Force identifies, investigates and targets criminal enterprise groups responsible for drug trafficking, money laundering, alien smuggling, and violent crimes.