05/05/2008

Database gives cops a jump on mobile gangs

By Jessica Van Sack
The Boston Herald

BOSTON — Faced with an increasingly mobile culture of gangbangers, top law enforcement agencies are firing back.

State officials plan by August to launch MassGangs, a new computer program that will track gang members statewide and join the records of local police departments into a central clearinghouse for law enforcement officials, almost like a ballistic fingerprint database of gangs.

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