More than $80,000 in grant money has enabled the northwestern district attorney's office to create an anti-crime task force.
The task force will enable all the police departments in Hampshire and Franklin counties and Athol to collaborate to investigate major crimes in the area.
Five departments will devote a part-time officer to the task force and the two sheriff's departments will also be lending a hand.
"It's so important because the smaller towns in our district really can't do it alone, they need help from other departments or from the Massachusetts State Police," said northwestern district attorney David Sullivan. "By working together, they're going to be able to address major crimes. And that could be anything from a major drug ring to human trafficking."
The money to start the task force comes from the community innovation challenge grant.
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