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New training helps local police catch armed criminals charged with federal crimes – Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather | Indiana Traffic

By meerna Jul11,2024
New training helps local police catch armed criminals charged with federal crimes – Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather | Indiana Traffic

GREENFIELD, Ind. (WISH) — It’s a partnership between the Hancock County Prosecutor’s Office and the United States Attorney’s Office: special training designed to help local law enforcement identify and prosecute dangerous and violent criminals.

The goal is to share intelligence, resources and tactics with local police, such as what evidence to look for or what factors to consider when referring firearms and violent crime cases to federal court.

Hancock County District Attorney Brent Eaton said, “It’s exciting for us because they have the tools and resources that allow them to apprehend these violent criminals at a higher rate than ever before and connect them to national and international criminal networks.”

Part of their business is taking away from criminals machine gun conversion devices, such as the Glock pistol switch, which are banned at the federal level and illegal in this state.

“We’re seeing more and more dangerous people with firearms and more and more dangerous firearms that are becoming fully automatic or other weapons that make them dangerous,” Eaton said.

News 8 was not allowed to attend the training itself because undercover officers were in attendance and organizers wanted to protect certain information they didn’t want criminals to know. However, some of what they covered involved cutting-edge techniques and evidence collection.

By working with the United States Attorney’s Office, law enforcement officers can learn what evidence is needed not only in local cases, but also in federal cases.

Zach Myers is the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, based in Indianapolis. He said, “Providing these tools makes it easier to bring cases in federal court that originate in Hancock County and also helps them prosecute them.”

Streamlining the process will allow local offenders to serve their prison sentences under federal law.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says mandatory minimum sentences do not include parole or bail and prisoners must serve 85% of their sentence.

Myers said, “We know that a disproportionate amount of gun violence is committed by individuals armed in violation of federal and state laws. If we can identify, disarm and hold them accountable for illegally possessing a firearm before they pull the trigger, we will save lives.”

By meerna

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