LPD partners with government agencies to reduce drug-related cri

LPD partners with government agencies to reduce drug-related crimes

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Lubbock Police partnering with the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on new programs. 

A High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program with the DEA focuses on interdicting and stopping drug traffickers with police officers sworn in as DEA officers working Lubbock cases.

The Synthetic Opioid Surge program, from the Department of Justice, is paying LPD to work opioid-related cases. That program, created by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, focuses on the opioid crisis and its effect on our area.

Chief Greg Stevens said these programs all provide reimbursement to the city for overtime pay and other extra money the city would pay these officers for their work with the feds.

These programs also allow the city to participate in equitable seizure sharing programs, using the ill-gotten gains from crime to pay for police expenditures.

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