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 analysis.
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.
Q. Which 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 training?
A. 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 topics included:
- 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?
A. 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?
A. Contact your local member agency or call
our tip line: 503.557.5809. You can also e-mail us tips using this e-mail