Erie County Forms New Crime Unit

February 21, 2013 Updated Feb 21, 2013 at 12:01 PM EDT

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Erie County Forms New Crime Unit

February 21, 2013 Updated Feb 21, 2013 at 12:01 PM EDT

Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita announced today the formation of the Tactical Prosecution Unit of the Felony Trial Bureau.

The duties of this new unit will include the prosecution of gang members, felony-level juvenile offenders, and those who commit violent crimes against especially vulnerable victims.

Duties also include complex narcotics investigations, officer involved shooting investigations, and special assignments as determined by the D.A.

Prosecutors assigned to the Tactical Prosecution Unit of the Felony Trial Bureau will be available to provide legal advice and any other form of assistance to all police agencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

"After several months of careful analysis and planning, we believe this new prosecution unit will be able to more efficiently identify the most dangerous and violent criminals for criminal prosecution," said Sedita.