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.
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 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.