State attorney general's office launching mobile street crimes unit

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Jul 18, 2013 4:00 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- The state attorney general's office is launching a new initiative in an effort to combat gang violence.

The mobile street crimes unit will be funded by $2.5 million in the state budget.

Last year, several senators joined forces to pass legislation providing new punishments against gang recruitment and strenghting laws against gang violence.

Erik Arneson is a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi.

He says a push is underway to keep gang-related crime in check.

"What we're seeing in Pennsylvania is that gang activity is no longer limited to our urban centers," Arneson explains. "It has spread to suburban and even rural areas."

Arneson says the new unit will use resources from several law enforcement agencies including the FBI and the federal Drug Enforcement Agency.

He says it will also foster cooperation among local officers and state police.

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