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Task Force Created To Get Repeat Offenders Off Durham Streets

Posted October 31, 2002 2:52 a.m. EST

— Members of the Durham Police Department and the Durham Sheriff's Office are joining forces to target repeat offenders.

"We know that offenders with a documented history of violence can be reasonably predicted to continue their violent behavior," interim police chief Steve Chalmers said.

A new joint task force will consist of nine sheriff deputies and 10 police officers. Sheriff Worth Hill said it is important to understand that crime does not stop in the city limits.

"I'm thankful that the police department is willing to join with us in this endeavor," Hill said. "As I have said before, we have done a lot of things on a short-term basis, but I'm hoping that this will be something on a long-term basis."

The state Department of Correction and the district attorney's office will work with the taskforce to help prosecute the cases.