Madison (WKOW) -- from WI Dept. of Justice: Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen today announced the award of $52,581 in state Penalty Assessment Surcharge funding to the Dane County Narcotics and Gang Task Force for Calendar Year 2009.
This award will be supplemented by an additional $70,545 in federal Byrne Memorial/Justice Assistance Grant funding through the Office of Justice Assistance.
"Drug and criminal gang related crime is a serious problem in Wisconsin and I am pleased to help fund the Dane County Narcotics and Gang Task Force in its efforts in the war on drugs," said Van Hollen. "Multi-jurisdictional Enforcement Groups such as these combine the resources of multiple law enforcement jurisdictions to implement multifaceted, cooperative drug investigations."
In addition to the Dane County Narcotics and Gang Task Force, these grants fund 17 other MEG Units across the state and three Assistant District Attorney positions to work on drug prosecutions in Dane, Milwaukee and St. Croix Counties.
Historically, the statewide MEG Units were funded largely through federal Byrne/JAG grant funding.
As those funds have seen reductions over recent years, the state developed the process of supplementing federal funding with state funding.
State funding now makes up over 43% of annual MEG Unit and ADA funding.
No taxpayer monies are used.