Q. What is the CCITF?
A. The Clackamas County Inter-agency Task Force
(CCITF) is the first coordinated group effort by local and
federal law-enforcement officials to solve methamphetamine
problems in Clackamas County. These problems are identified by
Task Force member communities.
Q. How does it work?
A. The Task Force targets Clackamas
County’s meth scourge through interdiction of sales,
trafficking and related crimes. Its focus is two-pronged:
- Street crimes—Member agencies
maintain a prioritized list of “problem areas”
within their communities for drug-related
crimes—including identity theft, child endangerment and
property crimes. The Task Force works with local agencies to
respond rapidly to these problems.
This problem-based “accountability model” is
a major evolution in our response to Clackamas County’s
meth crisis. Until now, local response has been more reactive
and less coordinated, focusing on crimes as they happen. By
shifting that focus to proactive coordination, the CCITF not
only makes arrests, it begins to remove the conditions
conducive to offending.
- Long-term investigations—The
Task Force (with help from the Sheriff’s Special
Investigations Unit) also targets and disrupts meth-trafficking
organizations through investigative follow-up and intelligence
The CCITF also works with local community organizations
and other government agencies (including Code Enforcement) to
step up the pressure on offenders—through neighborhood
outreach and the application of nuisance laws.
agencies are participating in the CCITF?
A. The CCITF
employs full- and part-time personnel. It’s also overseen
by an Executive Board comprising representatives from member
agencies. Participating agencies and staff include:
Q. Did CCITF personnel receive any special
They did. Task Force team members each bring their own
professional expertise to the table—and they also
underwent over 40 hours of additional, intensive training at
Clackamas County’s Public Safety Training Center. Study
- Drug characteristics—including an overview of
Clackamas County’s drug scene
- Crime analysis—including “crime
mapping” to help find concentrated crisis areas
- An overview of anti-drug operations
- Search warrants
- The history and purpose of chronic nuisance laws
- Raid planning and execution
- Interviewing techniques
- Informant management
- An overview of Clackamas County Community Corrections
Q. How is the CCITF funded?
In agreement with participating agencies, the CCITF is funded as
a cooperative effort.
Participating agencies jointly fund common equipment, including
office space and phones. Each CCITF member uses equipment
provided by his or her own home agency.
Q. I have a meth problem in my neighborhood.
How can I send tips to the CCITF?
Contact your local member agency or call
our tip line: 503.557.5809. You can also e-mail us tips using
this e-mail form.