Atlantic County’s Damon Tyner Named Prosecutor of Year by NJ Narcotics Enforcement Officers Association

AC JosepH Media

MAYS LANDING — New Jersey Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association announced Tuesday that it will give Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner with its 2021 Prosecutor of the Year Award.

Tyner’s office said the prosecutor will accept the award at the association’s annual conference luncheon in Atlantic City in September.

“I would like to thank the New Jersey Narcotics Enforcement Officers Association for recognizing me and the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office for our effort to make our community safer and healthier,” Tyner said in a statement from his office.

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“I recognized early in my tenure as the Atlantic County Prosecutor that our agency needed more resources if we were going to effectively disrupt drug trafficking. Through our collaboration with our federal, state, and local partners and our inclusion in the Liberty Mid-Atlantic High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (LMHIDTA), we have been able to identify and prosecute some of the most dangerous drug dealers operating in our region.”

Tyner said there is much more work to do in the field of policing narcotics despite changes in the law.

“Although our state has decided to decriminalize marijuana, and some may think that the war on drugs is over, the reality is that there is a personal battle living within addicts across our state every day and we have much more work to do,” Tyner said. “We are dedicated to this work because it saves lives and families.”

In October 2018, Atlantic County was designated as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) through the federally funded HIDTA program. The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program, created by Congress with the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, provides assistance to federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies operating in areas determined to be critical drug-trafficking regions of the United States.

This grant program is administered by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).

The purpose of the HIDTA program is to reduce drug trafficking and production in the United States by:

*Facilitating cooperation among Federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to share information and implement coordinated enforcement activities;

*Enhancing law enforcement intelligence sharing among Federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies;

*Providing reliable law enforcement intelligence to law enforcement agencies to facilitate the design of effective enforcement strategies and operations; and

*Supporting coordinated law enforcement strategies that make the most of available resources to reduce the supply of illegal drugs in designated areas of the United States and in the Nation as a whole.

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