Cannon River Drug & Violent Offender Task Force
The Cannon River Drug and Violent Offender Task Force is a specialized investigative unit targeting mid- to upper-level drug dealers and violent offenders in Rice and Le Sueur counties whose goal is to reduce crime and improve safety and security.
The task force not only actively pursues active drug dealers, but also helps provide services to those struggling with addiction and mental health issues.
CRDVOTF, a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement, was established in 2014 by the Rice County Sheriff’s Office, and Faribault and Northfield Police departments. Three years later, Le Sueur County joined the unit, which is now comprised of a commander, a records specialist and four investigators, one from each agency.
The task force also focuses on providing support, training and education to the community as it relates to the effects of illegal drug use and abuse. Members provide presentations to local businesses, government entities, educational institutions and civic organizations to discuss drug trends and the effects of drug abuse on our communities.
The CRDVOTF is primarily funded by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Office of Justice Programs under the Narcotic and Violent Crime Enforcement grant program. There are currently 21 Violent Crime Enforcement Teams throughout Minnesota participating in the program. In 2010, the Violent Crime Coordinating Council was created through legislation to oversee the VCETs.
Data and quarterly reports are provided to the state of Minnesota and the task force follows the state’s Best Practices Procedures and Guidelines Manual. There is additional information about this program at the OJP website, dps.mn.gov/divisions/ojp/grants/Pages/narcotic-violent-crime-enforcementteams.aspx.
Residents are encouraged to report suspicious, drug-related and other criminal activity. All information is strictly confidential and anonymous. Tips can be left on the Crime Tip Line: 507-334-0999.
The Cannon River Drug and Violent Offender Task Force is currently housed at the Faribault Police Department, 25 Fourth St. NW, Faribault.
- Rice County Substance Use and Overdose Profile (Minnesota Department of Health)
- Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs statistics on the work of the state's Violent Crime Enforcement Teams.
- Laws affecting people who use illegal drugs