Public Safety Committee
We provide support and guidance to families like yours struggling with their son’s or daughter’s substance use.
Drug use impacts our neighborhoods and communities in a variety of ways. In Kern County:
- Nearly 40 percent of all felony prosecutions include methamphetamine offenses
- Approximately one in three Adult Probation cases involve methamphetamine
- early one in five Juvenile Probation cases involve methamphetamine
- The Department of Human Services estimates that about 40 percent of cases
where children are removed from the home involve methamphetamine
- Nearly one in three residents who visit the emergency room at Kern Medical Center
have used methamphetamine at least once in their lives
- An increasing number of domestic violence case involve methamphetamine use
“Methamphetamine is not just a law enforcement problem; meth is a community problem—
and it takes an entire community coming together to solve the problem.”
The Meth Task Force is working with law enforcement, public agencies, schools, faith-based organizations, service clubs and neighborhood groups to reduce meth use and make our communities safer. The Task Force:
- Conducts town hall meetings to raise local awareness and gain local support;
- Works to increase the number of Neighborhood Watch sites operating in Kern County; and
- Supports the efforts of local communities to plan strategically to reduce meth use.
Community collaboration is critical to effective public safety. Community Based Organizations, faith-based community, law enforcement, parents and the community must work together to create a safe, healthy, drug-free environment in which our families, children and businesses thrive.
To schedule a training for your community, send an email with your request to
Report Drug Activity
Are you suspicious of activities in your neighborhood? If you suspect there might be drug activity, contact the law enforcement in your area (see list) and be prepared to answer some brief questions such as the location of the suspicious activity, types of behaviors that make you suspicious, etc.