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The Fairfield-Athens Major Crimes has been in existence since 2001. The original founding member agencies believed that sharing resources and targeting crimes that cross jurisdictional boundaries was the most effective way to combat the challenge of drug trafficking in their communities.
The original Major Crimes Unit was a collaboration between the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office, Lancaster Police Department, Pickerington Police Department, Hocking County Sheriff’s Office, and the Logan Police Department having seven police officers, sheriff’s deputies and one task force agent assigned.
Currently the Task Force includes the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office, Lancaster Police Department, Pickerington Police Department, City of Logan, City of Circleville, Athens County Sheriff’s Office, Athens Police Department, and the Ohio University Police Department, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, The Ohio National Guard Counter Drug Program, US DEA and has been designated a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force by the White House Office of Drug Control Policy.
At full staffing the task force has eighteen (18) sworn police officers, sheriff’s deputies, special agents, investigators and analysts assigned. The unit is supported by one civilian staff member.