The Conasauga Safe Streets Task force recently hosted a press conference to discuss the emerging gang presence in the surrounding area.
Many think of the Task Force as being manned by the FBI. In reality, the Task Force is made up of 6 local officers from the Dalton Police Department, the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office, and the Calhoun Police Department. A representative from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement is also available to assist if needed. Oversight of the officers is through their perspective agencies with a representative from the Federal Bureau of Investigation acting as liaison between the local officers and the federal agents. The primary investigations are conducted by the local officers with the Federal officers providing assistance to the investigation.
The Conasauga Safe Streets Task Force is 1 of 5 in Georgia and 1 of 130 throughout the United States. It was founded in the Spring of 2005 to address the emerging gang presence in the Whitfield and Gordon County area. The Task Force's mission is to identify and target for prosecution organized crime groups responsible for drug trafficking, money laundering, alien smuggling, crimes of violence, robbery, Aggravated Assault, and violent street gangs.
Since 2005, the Task Force has been responsible for approximately 198 arrests. Of these arrests, five have/or being prosecuted at the Federal level. There have been also been 10 deportations, with three individuals having a leadership role in one of the prominent gangs in Dalton. The charges range from graffiti, aggravated assault, violation of the Georgia Gang Act, drugs, and weapons charges.