The Jefferson Area Drug Enforcement (JADE) has been in existence since 1995 as a regional narcotics task force made up of officers from the Charlottesville Police Department, Albemarle County Police Department, University of Virginia Police Department, Virginia State Police and agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration. In the year 2001, with the advent of the terrorist attack of September 11th, the police chiefs of the Charlottesville, Albemarle and University of Virginia Police Departments agreed to expand the duties of the JADE Task Force to include the investigation of possible terrorist activities. A mission statement was prepared by the chairman of the JADE Advisory Group and signed by the chairman, the three chiefs and the SAC with the Virginia State Police that addressed the concerns of the parent agencies empowering JADE as a anti terrorism task force (ATTF) . This mission statement was agreed to by the Federal Bureau of Investigations and a Special Agent was assigned to the task force to act as liaison between JADE and the FBI. The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms has worked closely with the JADE Task Force and has assigned two agents to work in conjunction with the task force.
Currently the task force is manned by one lieutenant (commander), one sergeant and four detectives from the Charlottesville Police Department (CPD). The Albemarle County Police Department (APD) has one corporal and two detectives. The University of Virginia Police (UPD) has assigned one sergeant and two detectives. The Virginia State Police (VSP), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) each has a special agent assigned to the task force. The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) has two agents assigned to work the Charlottesville area and are stationed within the JADE office, working closely with the JADE personnel and investigations divisions of the three police departments.
|Charlottesville Police Department||6 personnel|
|Albemarle County Police Department||3 personnel|
|University of Virginia Police Department||3 personnel|
|Virginia State Police||1 person|
|Drug Enforcement Administration||1 person|
|Federal Bureau of Investigations||1 person|
|Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms||2 personnel|
Currently the Federal Agents from the DEA, FBI and ATF are assigned part time. The DEA works with the task force three days a week, the FBI works on a case by case basis on terrorism and the ATF works basically on a case by case method dealing with firearms.
The JADEATTF is a tightly knit organization that has welcomed the addition of federal agents in the accomplishment of the mission in fighting drug trafficking and terrorist activities. Two Special Weapons and Tactic Teams (SWAT) from the Charlottesville Police Department and the Albemarle County Police Department support the task force in the execution of the more dangerous and tactical operations encountered by the task force.