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Briefly In Public Safety

October 21, 2009

Burbank joins marshals task force

Burbank officials Tuesday joined a federally funded, multi-agency task force to identify, investigate and apprehend individuals wanted for narcotics offenses and violent crimes.

Coordinated and directed by the U.S. Marshals Service, the regional fugitive task forces consist of federal, state and local law enforcement authorities.

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The local tri-city task force includes Glendale and Pasadena, with Glendale serving as the home base. Its primary focus is to combat violent crime by assisting in locating, apprehending and bringing felons to justice, focusing on those who have a documented history of violence or associations with street gangs or other violence-prone groups.

Because fugitives tend to be opportunistic, preying on the public by continuing to commit crimes to finance their continued flight, they pose a particular threat to law enforcement officers. At-large fugitives leave criminal cases unresolved, creating clogged court dockets, expensive investigations and unsatisfied victims, authorities contend.

Burbank and Glendale will supply one task force member, and Pasadena will provide four. The task force, which is expected to commence Nov. 2, will provide $25,000 for a vehicle, $5,000 for a police radio, and reimburse the Burbank Police Department up to $6,000 annually for fuel and maintenance.

Cities are responsible for overtime charges beyond the federal cap of $16,900 annually.


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