Drug Task Force future uncertain
By By Lisa Tindell
With federal funds being all but eliminated, officers with the 21st Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force may be changing their duties.
Federal funds are awarded in arrears, Sanks said, which means funds for the year beginning Oct. 1 are gone.
Five law enforcement officers from various departments in Escambia County cover local DTF activities. Officers who are employed with Brewton and Atmore Police Departments will be retained by their respective agencies.
Two other officers will remain on staff at the Atmore Police Department and will maintain their work in narcotics investigations, Atmore Police Chief Jason Dean said.
Brewton Police Department will also keep their officers on staff.
In addition to limited federal funds, operating expenses are covered by funds from Escambia County Sheriff’s Department, Atmore Police Department, Brewton Police Department, Escambia County District Attorney’s Office and the Escambia County Commission.
DTF staff members are comprised of two officers each from Brewton and Atmore Police Departments, one deputy from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Department and a prosecutor and secretary from the Escambia County District Attorneys Office.
Information on the future of the Escambia County deputy and district attorney office employees was not available as of press time.