Major Crimes Task Force
"The mission of the Utah County Major Crimes Task Force is to promote a collaborated multi-agency effort through local, state and federal agencies, to identify, investigate and dismantle major drug trafficking organizations operating in the Utah County area, with emphasis on heroin (currently an epidemic in our area), methamphetamine and clandestine lab, target and apprehend street to mid-level drug traffickers and increase efforts in the investigation and arrests of individuals and organizations involved in the distribution of opiate based prescription pills and target gang activity involved in drug distribution and any violent crimes."
The Utah County Major Crimes Task Force is a group of officers brought together and assigned to address problems in a certain area. This group of officers are considered specialists and have the expertise that they can contribute to solve whatever problem the Task Force is assigned to address. The Utah County Major Crimes Task Force is made up of individuals from multiple agencies assigned to address the problems of drugs, gangs and violent crimes occurring in Utah County.
The Task Force Board of Directors is made up of representatives (usually the Agency head) of each agency involved in and contributing to the Task Force and Utah County Attorney, with the Chairman of the board being Chief Gary Giles with the Orem Police Department. The Utah County Major Crimes Task Force is comprised of fourteen local Police Agencies within Utah County to include State, Local and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies.
The supervisors of the Task Force are approved by the board. Lieutenant Todd Mallinson, with the Orem Police Department is the Director of the Task Force and Lieutenant Dennis Harris, with the Utah County Sheriff's Department is the Field Director. They are responsible for the administration of the Utah County Major Crimes Task Force. There are five Sergeants that supervise the Task Force, Sergeant Jeff Bailey with Orem Police Department, Sergeant Scott Rich with the Orem Police Department, Sergeant Nick Kogianes from Provo Police Department, Sergeant Gary Powell with the Provo Police Department and Sergeant Shaun Bufton with the Utah County Sheriff's Office.
In addition to these five Sergeants, there are 13 detectives whose main case load deals with pursuing high level drug trafficking organizations, targeting gang activity and violent crimes occurring in Utah County. There are also 13 detectives, whose main case load is the target street level drug dealers, drug users and gang activity, focusing on their cities of assignment. These detectives are assigned from Orem Police Department, Provo Police Department, Utah County Sheriff's Office, State Department of Public Safety, Lehi Police Department, Spanish Fork Police Department, Springville Police Department, American Fork Police Department and the Pleasant Grove Police Department.
There are also part-time Federal agencies assigned to the Task Force; Homeland Security Investigations, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms and Immigrations & Customs Enforcement. Also assigned part-time to the Task Force are a Utah County Attorney and Adult Probation & Parole agent.