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December 10, 2014

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NJSP Hosts Regional Drug Monitoring Initiative at Division HQ

West Trenton, N.J. - Acting Attorney General John Hoffman and Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police today hosted a drug symposium at the state’s fusion center, the N.J. ROIC (Regional Operations Intelligence Center) where more than 100 top law enforcement and public health administrators from 15 states and Puerto Rico gathered to learn the latest trends, implications, and threats presented by illicit drug use and distribution.

Today’s attendees were invited to learn more about the ROIC’s Drug Monitoring Initiative (DMI), which was created to address the epidemic of the pervasive use of heroin, opiates, and the violent crimes and burglaries that are directly correlated to this nationwide crisis.

The DMI is a cutting-edge program with a robust multi-state drug intelligence capability that collects and analyzes law enforcement and healthcare data in order to help law enforcement and public healthcare experts develop strategies to combat drug activity in their jurisdictions. Some highlights of the initiative are:

  • The incorporation of public health into the drug monitoring intelligence cycle
  • The ability to coordinate the collection, analysis, and mapping of drug incidents statewide
  • The expedited analysis of seized drugs to better direct investigators and health resources
  • Training law enforcement, fire service, and emergency medical service personnel statewide

This morning’s symposium addressed executives and representatives of fusion centers, HIDTA, forensic labs, state public heath, human services, consumer affairs, and the department of education. Attendees participated in panel discussions addressing regional concerns and best practices in implementing the DMI concept in their regions.

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