The Marysville Police Department is no longer part of the
regional gang and drug task force that it helped create.
Police Chief Wallace Fullerton says state grants from the
Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement made Marysville's participation in
the NET-5 task force possible.
The bureau's budget was cut by $70 million last year and the
FULLERTON: "We had a full-time officer. We had paid for the
cost of clerical support. We assisted with the actual cost of
some of the routine items of NET-5 over the years. Because of
budget issues, we have had to slowly withdraw our financial
Sutter County Sheriff J. Paul Parker says the task force has had
a lot of success with a proactive approach.
PARKER: "We went at it in an intelligence-led effort where
we could find out who's gearing up to start a gang or turf war, or
who's mad at who and try to prevent these shootings."
NET-5 will continue with remaining members each contributing
$40,000 per year. Parker warns some of those
contributions rely on grant money that could also