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Friday, February 07 2014

Anti-Crime Task Force Receives $71,954 Boost

Adapted from a Northwestern District Attorney’s Office press release:

The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office (NWDA), Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG), and law enforcement partners are honored to have received a $71,954 Community Innovation Challenge Grant to expand the Northwestern District Anti-Crime Task Force.

The Anti-Crime Task Force is one of 37 projects statewide slated to receive funding from the $4 million Community Innovation Challenge (CIC) grant program to support innovative regionalization and other cost saving initiatives.

“This will allow area police departments to continue the successful collaboration with our office, and Massachusetts State Police, in investigating major crimes including illegal narcotics offenses, unlawful firearms offenses, gang-related offenses, and other organized criminal activities in Hampshire and Franklin counties and the town of Athol”, Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan said.

The grant will allow for the expansion of The Northwestern District Anti-Crime Task Force, which was implemented with a $81,288 CIC grant received last year. The task force has enhanced the investigative capabilities of the Massachusetts State Police Narcotics Unit attached to the Northwestern District Attorney's Office by having a centralized and coordinated group of experienced law enforcement detectives from throughout the Northwestern District assist with surveillance, search warrant preparation and executions, undercover operations, and obtaining audio and video surveillance required for successful prosecutions.

“We’re pleased that we were able to expand this vital law enforcement team and the number of towns participating. At the beginning of last year, Southampton, Erving, and Deerfield came aboard, and more recently Orange, Ware, and Easthampton have joined the team”, said Assistant District Attorney and Chief Trial Counsel Jeremy Bucci.

Original members include the Franklin and Hampshire Sheriff’s Departments and police departments for Greenfield, Montague, Amherst, Athol, and Northampton.

(L to R) NWDA Chief Trial Counsel Jeremy Bucci, FRCOG Executive Director Linda Dunlavy, District Attorney David E. Sullivan