The and several other Gwinnett law enforcement agencies are planning to form an inter-agency drug and vice task force, as a result of the Service Delivery Strategy Settlement.
The seven agencies will "respond to, investigate and prosecute the offenders" through mutual aid, and findings will be turned over to the Gwinnett Police Department, according to Suwanee documents.
As well as LPD, other agencies involved are Duluth PD, Lawrenceville PD, Lilburn PD, Suwanee PD, Snellville PD, and the Gwinnett Sheriff's Department. Approval by the respective City Councils is necessary first.
The Gwinnett Metro Task force will investigate and prosecute the offenders through mutual aid where violations occur within the named cities in the agreement. Any case that occurs outside the city or leads to violations outside the city will be turned over the Gwinnett County Police. The cases made by the Gwinnett Metro Task force will be turned over to the appropriate court system.
Other agencies will be welcome to join.
Plans call for Lawrenceville Police Chief Randy Johnson to be the board chairman, and Jones to be secretary-treasurer. Board meetings will be the fourth Tuesday of each month, according to Suwanee documents. Dallas Stidd of the Gwinnett Sheriff's Office is the initial commander. Each agency will determine the number of investigators and/or analysts assigned to the force.
The Gwinnett Police Department still will handle such crimes in unincorporated areas.
Jones also said that Gwinnett District Attorney Danny Porter is fully supportive of the new task force.