(PANT) Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking
The Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking Taskforce is a multi-agency, multi-jurisdiction taskforce with representatives from the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, Prescott Police Department, Prescott Valley Police Department, Chino Valley, Cottonwood and Sedona. The taskforce is comprised of three teams with specialized training and experience. The Prescott area detective team comprised of four detectives, one overdose detective and a sergeant. The Verde Valley detective team consisting of four detectives, one overdose investigator and one sergeant. The K9 Interdiction team consisting of three YCSO K9 officers, one Prescott PD K9 officer and a sergeant. All three groups fall under the taskforce Commander who is currently a YCSO Lieutenant.
PANT detectives investigate street level narcotics information provided through numerous avenues including concerned citizens, arrested persons, local agencies and information gained during investigations. The taskforce also assists other agencies with furthering their investigations past the basic initial contact. PANT detectives teach numerous drug related classes to local fire, medical, court and police personnel as well as speaking at citizen academies and other community meetings. PANT detectives meet with local stakeholders including MATFORCE as well as Juvenile and Adult Probation and meet with the local Overdose Fatality Review Board on a regular basis.
The K9 Interdiction Team conducts proactive enforcement on the main throughfares in the area attempting to disrupt criminal organizations transporting drugs, guns, money and people through Yavapai County enroute to other locations in the country. PANT detectives conduct follow-up investigations on K9 interdiction loads and also assist local agencies with providing K9 services as requested.
Overdose Death Investigators
The Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking Taskforce has two specially trained Overdose Death Investigators (ODI’s). They respond to the scene of nearly all drug overdoses resulting in death as well as overdoses resulting in saved lives. The investigators conduct interviews with families and friends, collect evidence at the scene and attempt to identify persons responsible for providing the drugs to the decedents. They also attend regular Overdose Fatality Review Board meetings where they meet with local stakeholders including MATFORCE. The goal of these meetings is to learn more about who these victims were as people, the events leading up to their death and to attempt to give a voice to the victims and hold those providing this poison to our community accountable.