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Northwestern D.A. Forms New Anti-Crime Task Force


NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A new anti-crime task force is being set up in western Massachusetts to help police collaborate to investigate major crimes.

Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan said creation of the task force will enhance the investigative capabilities of the Massachusetts State Police Narcotics Unit attached to his office by having a centralized group of detectives from throughout the region to help with search warrants, undercover operations, and obtaining audio and video surveillance required for successful prosecutions.

The Franklin and Hampshire sheriff’s departments and police departments for Greenfield, Montague, Amherst, Athol and Northampton will contribute an officer or detective for up to 25 hours each week to the task force.

Sullivan’s office, the Franklin Regional Council of Governments and law enforcement partners recently received a grant of $81,300 for the new task force.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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