N.C. police using task force to stop burglaries


By Sonja Elmquist
The News& Record

HIGH POINT, N.C. — Police are using the same strategy to fight a rising tide of violent robberies - which have increased by nearly half since 2005 - that they used to stem drug sales in 2006 and a wave of homicides in the 1990s.

The Violent Crimes Task Force unites opportunities for past criminals to turn their lives around with job training and rehab with the threat of harsher punishment. Police partner with service organizations and federal law enforcement agencies to outline at once the reward and the punishment for the person's future choices.

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