Greenville Police Chief testifies at Senate subcommittee hearing on fentanyl

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Greenville Police Chief Ken Miller testified before a U.S. Senate subcommittee on Wednesday at a hearing centered on fentanyl and the opioid crisis.

During his testimony at the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism’s hearing, “Defeating Fentanyl: Addressing the Deadliest Drugs Fueling the Opioid Crisis,” Miller discussed law enforcement’s role in responding to the crisis and talked about leveraging multiagency, multijurisdictional partnerships to stem the supply of the lethal drugs.

“It is unique from other drug crises in that, while others posed a possibility of overdose death, fentanyl compounds pose distinct probability of death,” Miller testified.

Miller said multijurisdictional task forces led by federal agencies could be enhanced and expanded through an adjusted funding formula that shares the cost of task force officer salaries.

“Pooling resources, investigative coordination, and intelligence access among larger multiagency task forces can significantly enhance the effectiveness of interdiction and diverse investigations, as law enforcement works to battle this deadly epidemic at home…and across our great nation,” Miller said.

A transcript of Miller’s testimony is here.

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