The mission of the PA Counterdrug Joint Task Force (PA CJTF) directly supports the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's mission to improve the safety and welfare of citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. PA CJTF leverages unique National Guard capabilities to support community efforts against illicit drugs and emerging threats.
Our Mission Emphasis
Operational Support to Law Enforcement
Assist local, state, and federal agencies in the disruption of illicit drug financing, production, transportation and distribution throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania National Guardsmen provide a variety of support ranging from investigative case analysis support to law enforcement drug investigations, providing aerial reconnaissance and observation of suspected illegal drug activity, and transportation support to local government and LEA by transporting prescription narcotics to authorized, safe disposal sites.
Drug Demand Reduction Outreach
Promote drug-free living through community-based prevention and education throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The PA CJTF maintains successful partnerships with key organizations, strengthening their emphasis on the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse. Partnering agencies include the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, Evidence-based Prevention and Intervention Support Center at Pennsylvania State University, Commonwealth Prevention Alliance, and Pennsylvania Single County Authorities. Through these partnerships, Pennsylvania Army and Air National Guardsmen work in and around their communities coaching coalitions in the Strategic Prevention Framework to establish community-wide collaborations delivering effective strategies that empower citizens to be healthy.
Northeast Counterdrug Training Center
Provides cost-effective counterdrug education and advanced training to fight domestic and transnational drug trafficking organizations that threaten public safety and national security. The training center is part of the National Guard Counterdrug Schools Program which consists of five counterdrug schools working together to provide service across the nation to local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, and community-based organizations.