After months of scrutiny, the All Crimes Enforcement Team is ready to move into the future, local law enforcement officials said.
Fresh off a Colorado Bureau of Investigation audit, the joint drug task force is equipped with new ideas, policies and two new officers.
Craig Police Department sergeant Marvin Cameron and Moffat County Sheriff’s Office deputy Bhrent Shock joined task force commander Garrett Wiggins in the ACET office Monday as the two new task force members.
Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta and Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz are each responsible for appointing an officer to the joint task force.
Former ACET officers Ken Johnson and Bob Brabo, both formerly of the police department, were charged with crimes allegedly committed during their time on the task force last year.
Johnson, who resigned from the police department in September, is charged with attempting to influence a public servant, accessory to a crime and embezzlement of public property. He is scheduled for a May jury trial.
Brabo pleaded guilty in December to stealing $500 of ACET money while serving on the task force.
While these incidents are in the past, Vanatta and Jantz said they want to ensure history does not repeat itself.
Vanatta ordered the ACET audit, which offered ideas about new policies that could prevent similar occurrences in the future.
But much of the change will come from the new faces at ACET.
Both Jantz and Vanatta are confident their choices will bring integrity, experience and professionalism to the task force.
Vanatta said Cameron was the obvious choice because of his length of experience at the police department.
Cameron, who has served on and off for 22 years and as a patrol sergeant for 14 years, has demonstrated he is trustworthy, Vanatta said.
“With his long term of experience, he knows how to do police work,” Vanatta said. “He has proven himself from a standpoint of his professionalism, his behavior is ethical and he demonstrates a great deal of integrity.”
Cameron also has served in a supervisory role in the department, which Vanatta said will be an advantage at ACET.
Vanatta said it couldn’t hurt to have another officer experienced in supervising.
ACET “needs people that are mature and have a value system that’s uncompromised,” Vanatta said. “Those positions require someone with a great deal of self regulation. And he’s demonstrated that over the years.
He knows what our expectations are of our employees and what their work ethic needs to be.”
Cameron said he is looking forward to the challenge of a new position and a new set of cases.
“My entire career’s been in patrol,” he said. “It’s the right time for a different challenge. With ACET under the microscope, I want to be a part of rebuilding that trust.”
For Jantz, trust was a driving factor in his selection.
Deputy Bhrent Shock, formerly a contract officer in Dinosaur, has been with the Sheriff’s Office for two years.
Jantz said it takes a special kind of officer to be part of a task force that requires long hours and undercover work, and that Shock has the dedication to be successful on ACET.
“At any moment, something could happen,” Jantz said. “You have to be adaptable. You have to have an officer that really wants to be out there.”
He said his deputies are all aware of the pressure on ACET.
“They have followed this all along, seen it in the paper and heard things in-house,” Jantz said. “They understand how ACET’s been under fire. We told them, ‘Listen, we can’t have these kinds of incidents, nor will we tolerate them.’ (Shock) understands the task force has to be above reproach.
“They know that people are watching them. They want to focus on the job, get ACET back on track and move forward.”