JPD officer joining federal task force
by James Phillips
Aug 31, 2012 | 2376 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A member of the Jasper Police Department has been asked to participate in a federal task force, Police Chief Connie Cooner Rowe reported to the Jasper City Council Thursday.

Rowe said the name of the officer and the name of the federal agency could not be released, but she expected the partnership to greatly benefit the City of Jasper.

“There are a limited number of spots on this task force, but local agencies participating get a share of the (funds) from any forfeitures or seizures obtained by the task force,” she said. “Last year, this group took down a large marijuana facility that netted $13 to $14 million. Our city could benefit from those monies.”

Rowe said having an officer involved in the task force would also provide an open line of communication between the Jasper Police Department and this particular federal agency.

“We have a great relationship with several federal agencies, but something like this could only strengthen those relationships,” she said. “I’m flattered that we were approached about the possibility of joining this task force.”

As a participant in the task force, Rowe said the Jasper Police Department must provide an officer and pay his salary.

Any overtime the officer incurs would be reimbursed to the city by the United States Department of Justice.

“I think this will be beneficial to this young man, and it will ultimately be beneficial to our community,” Rowe said.

The officer must also be provided with reliable transportation that meets certain specifications, Rowe said. She added that the police department budget had the available funds to purchase a vehicle from a local dealer that would meet the specifications for $13,220.

Council members agreed to allow the officer to participate in the task force and voted unanimously to purchase the vehicle.