Buffalo Forms Violent Crime Task Force

August 25, 2010 Updated Aug 25, 2010 at 6:55 AM EDT

By John Borsa

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August 25, 2010 Updated Aug 25, 2010 at 6:55 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- Mayor Byron Brown announced the formation of the Buffalo Violent Crime Task Force at a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

The task force will include representatives of various law enforcement agencies, including FBI, DEA, ATF, U.S. Attorney's Office, Erie County District Attorney's Office, New York State Police, New York State Parole and Buffalo Police.

The unit will be housed in the Buffalo Police Department's downtown headquarters on Franklin Street.

"The Violent Crime Task Force will focus on the most violent criminals," Brown said, surrounded by more than a dozen leaders of various law enforcement agencies.

The task force will be an intelligence-based unit, targeting the "worst of the worst" and focusing investigations, arrests and prosecutions on the city's and region's most violent offenders, Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda said.

"The mission of the task force will be to reduce overall violent crime, with a focus on reducing homicides and gun-related charges," said Derenda.

The task force is the central component of Brown's new police plan, with additional initiatives to be announced in the coming weeks.

The task force has been in-the-works for months and is not a direct response to the City Grill mass shootings, which claimed four lives and injured four others on August 14, Brown said.

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