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Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Tuesday revealed indictments against 20 alleged members and associates of a Troy-based gang (including an ex-Watervliet police officer) on charges they operated a high-volume drug trafficking ring.

City of Pittsfield

The city of Pittsfield will hold a community meeting tonight in response to a recent shooting involving two teenagers.

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Residents of Troy are concerned about an uptick in crime. Citizens and officials are furthering separate initiatives  to “take back” the Collar City.

A seemingly never-ending spate of shootings, stabbings and more recently, arsons, has galvanized some neighbors in Lansingburgh and other areas of the city to take steps to help thwart crime.

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After a series of shootings, residents of Troy are being assured they'll be safe this weekend.

Officials in Troy invite you to come downtown over the weekend. There will be more police presence and visibility, especially around the vicinity of 4th and Congress streets, near Kokopellis nightclub, the scene of a January melee, and home to Gino's Pizza, where a gunman sprayed five customers with shots during the wee hours this past Sunday. The victims all survived, and police aim to reassure citizens it's safe to visit the Collar City.

City of Pittsfield

A new program in Pittsfield is aimed at supporting young people and preventing them from entering a life of crime.

The Community Connection program is part of the city’s Shannon Grant initiative. The state grant focuses on gang management and prevention, targeting teenagers to young adults. This year’s $100,000 award allowed the city to hire Adam Hinds as the city’s first dedicated program coordinator in March.

City of Pittsfeild

The city of Pittsfield has hired a Berkshire native with international conflict experience to tackle gang activity and prevention.

Adam Hinds of Shelburne Falls, Mass. has traveled to conflict areas the whole world was watching. Just months ago, he was in the government-controlled city of Damascus, Syria working for the United Nations to disarm the country’s chemical weapons program.

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The Massachusetts State Legislature this week approved both a new budget for the fiscal year that began Monday and a supplemental budget for the just concluded fiscal year.  The action saved a summer  jobs program geared toward helping inner-city youth all across the state. It also assured that an anti-crime program in one city that has received national attention will continue.

A state-funded program to boost youth violence prevention efforts in Massachusetts is at risk of losing all funding after only a handful of years after its initial creation.

A group of concerned citizens is organizing an event this week to address the subject of reducing violent crime in Berkshire County.

The group called Berkshire Citizens for Peace and Justice this week is organizing a meeting involving area residents, professionals, and public safety officials to discuss a wide variety of topics related to school and community violence.

The man in charge of Vermont's prison system says there's been an increase in violence behind bars in the state, and that much of it appears tied to gang activity.

Andrew Pallito told lawmakers on Thursday that many of those engaged in violent gang activity are people who come from out of state and get misdemeanor drug convictions while in Vermont.

He says many such people had been housed under contract with the Franklin County Jail and House of Detention in Massachusetts, but that contract recently expired.

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