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Youth Violence Strike Force

Youth Violence Strike Force The Youth Violence Strike Force is not a program, but rather a member of the Boston Police Department's Special Operations Division. It is a multi-agency, coordinated task force made up of 50 full time Boston Police Officers and 15 officers from outside agencies. The membership of the Youth Violence Strike Force includes the Massachusetts State Police, the Department of Treasury's - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, police departments from neighboring jurisdictions, Massachusetts Corrections, Probation and Parole, the Department of Youth Services (DYS) juvenile correction officers and other agencies as appropriate. It works closely with the Suffolk County District Attorney's and State Attorney General's Offices and participates in the Department of Justice's Anti-Violent Crime Initiative, led locally by the US Attorney. They are the primary law enforcement entity behind Operation Cease Fire, a multi-jurisdictional effort to quickly suppress flare-ups of firearm violence in gang "hot spots," to prioritize prosecutions and to disrupt the trafficking in firearms to youth gangs.

In 1999 the Youth Violence Strike Force and its many community and law enforcement partners jointly received the prestigious Webber Seavey Award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police for their ongoing efforts to prevent youth violence. While these important crime prevention measures are part of their everyday jobs, some officers have taken the program one step further. By making home visits to at-risk families along with concerned members of the clergy on their own time, they are further illustrating their commitment to the community they serve.

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