New program in Blytheville will help to get "poison" off streets

New program in Blytheville will help to get "poison" off streets

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - The Blytheville Police Department has joined the FBI's Safe Streets Task Force, according to a press release from the department.

By joining the task force, their department can better work with FBI agents to help keep residents safe.

The task force focuses on gangs and drug-related violence along with violent crimes like kidnapping and bank robberies.

Blytheville Police Chief Ross Thompson said he plans to use this task force to put those who "poison our streets" in jail.

The city of Blytheville and Mississippi County are expected to benefit from the task force because it will increase effectiveness and productivity of the officers; avoid duplicate investigations; expand the communication between federal, state, and local law enforcement; allow the sharing of information between investigators; and reduce violent crime throughout the state of Arkansas.

"We offered something and this community should be proud of what we have accomplished here today in the department and it's not over," Chief Thompson said. "If you continue to put poison on our streets we will put you in jail, period. We are keeping that promise to the citizens of Blytheville."

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