Howard police gain funding to fight human trafficking, assist victims

Howard Police Chief Gary Gardner

Howard Police Chief Gary Gardner

By Andrew Michaels

Howard County Times

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September 15, 2015, 6:00 AM

Investigating human trafficking is no simple feat, but the Howard County Police Department is now turning the recovered criminal funds against its perpetrators to assist the victims and enhance law enforcement efforts to minimize the illegal activity in the county.

Created by the county council early last year, the Human Trafficking Task Force recommended creating the fund, which was set in stone by County Executive Allan Kittleman on Aug. 28. While half of all assets seized through the arrest of human trafficking criminals will be given to a nonprofit agency for direct support services to victims, the other half will assist police investigations, including additional surveillance equipment, staff training and overtime salary expenses for the officers involved...