(NORTHAMPTON, Mass.) (WGGB)–A new crime fighting unit is helping the little guys battle the bad guys.
The Northwestern District of D.A. David Sullivan stretches out through 47 communities.
Many of them small.
But the problems of crime can loom large.
The Northwestern District Attorney’s office announced the creation of an anti-crime task force through the help from a state grant,”What it means is that we can put the public safety officials, law enforcement throughout the 47 communities together to really work on major crimes,” says District Attorney David Sullivan.
The task force will particularly help smaller communities who are cash strapped and finding it difficult to deal with crime issues like drugs, guns, and gangs.
Members of the Hampshire and Franklin County sheriff’s departments were also hand.
They see who’s going to jail these days,”I think it starts frequently with narcotics and drugs and alcohol and it eventually moves into gangs,” says Hampshire County Sheriff Robert Garvey.
Sheriff Christopher Donelan from Franklin County says the impact will be significant, “It’s going to have a huge impact on Franklin County. Currently with many small police departments with limited resources we have virtually no narcotics investigations going on of substance, this gives all of Franklin County the opportunity to have plainclothes detectives focussed solely on narcotics detection,” says Donelan.
One focus of the task force will be the drug corridor former by Interstate 91 which connects New York city with the Canadian border and passes through Springfield , Holyoke, Northampton, and Greenfield.