HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – For the past year, Harrisburg has been the pilot city for a violent crime initiative.
Federal, state and local law enforcement, as well as the district attorney’s office, have been working together to battle serious crimes like drug, gang and gun violence.
Their efforts have led to 41 arrests. The U.S. attorney’s office is keeping the initiative in Harrisburg and expanding to other cities including York, where there has been an increase in gang violence.
“We realize gangs are determined not to go away,” U.S. Attorney Peter Smith said. “The announcement I am making today is that federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies are not going away either.”
The initiative is all about communication between law enforcement and allowing federal law enforcement to step in when they can.
“One great benefit of that is oftentimes we have greater powers to detain a violent criminal then the state’s courts do, and we use it as often as possible,” Smith said. “We also have a federal sentencing structure which calls for much greater sentences, particularly to regard firearms particularly by violent felons.”
The initiative will be in Harrisburg, York ,Wilkes-Barre and Williamsport.