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299A.292 OFFICE OF DRUG POLICY AND VIOLENCE PREVENTION.
    Subdivision 1. Office. The Office of Drug Policy and Violence Prevention is an office in
the Department of Public Safety, headed by the commissioner. The commissioner may appoint
other employees. The commissioner shall coordinate the violence prevention activities and the
prevention and supply reduction activities of state and local agencies and use the resources of the
office to conduct activities related to crime prevention and enforcement as deemed necessary.
    Subd. 2. Duties. (a) The commissioner shall:
(1) gather, develop, and make available throughout the state information and educational
materials on preventing and reducing violence in the family and in the community, both directly
and by serving as a clearinghouse for information and educational materials from schools, state
and local agencies, community service providers, and local organizations;
(2) foster collaboration among schools, state and local agencies, community service
providers, and local organizations that assist in violence intervention or prevention;
(3) assist schools, state and local agencies, service providers, and organizations, on request,
with training and other programs designed to educate individuals about violence and reinforce
values that contribute to ending violence;
(4) after consulting with all state agencies involved in preventing or reducing violence within
the family or community, develop a statewide strategy for preventing and reducing violence
that encompasses the efforts of those agencies and takes into account all money available for
preventing or reducing violence from any source;
(5) submit the strategy to the governor by January 15 of each calendar year, along with
a summary of activities occurring during the previous year to prevent or reduce violence
experienced by children, young people, and their families;
(6) assist appropriate professional and occupational organizations, including organizations of
law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and educators, in developing and operating informational
and training programs to improve the effectiveness of activities to prevent or reduce violence
within the family or community; and
(7) take other actions deemed necessary to reduce the incidence of crime.
The commissioner also may, through this program, support activities and strategies of the Gang
and Drug Oversight Council as specified in section 299A.641.
(b) The commissioner shall gather and make available information on prevention and supply
reduction activities throughout the state, foster cooperation among involved state and local
agencies, and assist agencies and public officials in training and other programs designed to
improve the effectiveness of prevention and supply reduction activities.
(c) The commissioner shall coordinate the distribution of funds received by the state
of Minnesota through the federal Anti-Drug Abuse Act. The commissioner shall determine
recipients of grants under section 299A.33, after consultation with the Chemical Abuse Prevention
Resource Council.
(d) The commissioner shall:
(1) after consultation with all state agencies involved in prevention or supply reduction
activities, develop a state chemical abuse and dependency strategy encompassing the efforts of
those agencies and taking into account all money available for prevention and supply reduction
activities, from any source;
(2) submit the strategy to the governor by January 15 of each year, along with a summary of
prevention and supply reduction activities during the preceding calendar year;
(3) assist appropriate professional and occupational organizations, including organizations of
law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and educators, in developing and operating informational
and training programs to improve the effectiveness of prevention and supply reduction activities;
(4) provide information, including information on drug trends, and assistance to state and
local agencies, both directly and by functioning as a clearinghouse for information from other
agencies;
(5) facilitate cooperation among drug program agencies; and
(6) in coordination with the Chemical Abuse Prevention Resource Council, review, approve,
and coordinate the administration of prevention, criminal justice, and treatment grants.
History: 1989 c 290 art 9 s 2; 1991 c 328 art 2 s 14; 1991 c 279 s 14; 1991 c 345 art 2 s 51;
1992 c 571 art 10 s 20; 1Sp1995 c 3 art 16 s 13; 1997 c 7 art 2 s 10; 1999 c 86 art 1 s 28; 1999 c
216 art 2 s 1,28; 1999 c 241 art 10 s 8; 2006 c 212 art 1 s 15