With the assistance of the County Technical Assistance Service (CTAS) and the Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS), judicial district drug task forces across the state are receiving praise from the District Attorney Generals Conference, a group of district attorneys general from the state's 31 judicial districts.
Judicial district drug task forces are created by inter-local agreements between cities, counties and district attorney’s offices. These task forces have come under fire for everything from poor management of funds to inadequate property and evidence procedures. MTAS Police Management Consultant Rex Barton and CTAS Criminal Justice Consultant Terry Hazard, at the request of the District Attorney Generals Conference, provided training and technical assistance for the state’s district drug task forces over the last three years and the state conference has taken notice.
Burney Durham, with the District Attorney Generals Conference, credited Barton, Hazard the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office and the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security. He said the improvement in drug task force operations has been a team effort.
The Tennessee Comptroller’s office released its report on funds administered by the district attorneys general and the drug task forces across the state. The comptroller’s office pointed to the continued improvement in the management of these funds across the state.
“This is one of the best annual reports we have issued on Tennessee’s Judicial Districts,” Comptroller Justin P. Wilson said in a news release. “I would like to compliment the District Attorneys General Conference for its efforts to improve financial operations by offering training and education on these important issues.”