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Probation Service and State Police Partnership
Results in Record Number of Fugitive Apprehensions
The Interstate Compact of the Massachusetts
Probation Service has returned 126 absconded
offenders and teenage runaways to the state in the past
nine months, a figure which is almost triple the number
of people who were returned to the Commonwealth during
all of fiscal year 2005.
This increase reflects a dynamic one-year-old
partnership between the Massachusetts Probation Service's
Interstate Compact and the Massachusetts State Police's
Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section based in Framingham
which was formed to find and apprehend the state's
most violent criminals, including sex offenders, who have
temporarily escaped justice.
“When someone leaves the state illegally,
it is not the end of it. If we get information on their
whereabouts, we are going to apprehend them,” said
Donna Reed, Interstate Compact Coordinator.
Of the 126 captured and returned to Massachusetts
in the first nine months of this fiscal year, 78 were adults and 48 were juveniles.
Most of the juveniles were not offenders but teenage runaways.
Fifteen of the 68 adults apprehended are sex offenders
and were picked up for either failing to register as sex
offenders or for violating the terms of their probation,
according to Reed. Last year in fiscal 2005, seven sex
offenders were apprehended and returned to Massachusetts.
During fiscal year 2005, July 2004 to June 2005, only 37offenders
and runaways were apprehended.
"It is a partnership that definitely
works. We work together for the common goal of getting
violent probation offenders off the streets, said Detective
Lieutenant Kevin Horton of the State Police's Violent
Fugitive Apprehension Section. Horton added, "The
partnership helps us and we help the Massachusetts Probation
Service. It is a great cooperative effort."
The Massachusetts Probation Service and the
Massachusetts State Police partnership is a seamless operation
in which the State Police either gather information on
those who have absconded through warrant checks or are
alerted to their whereabouts by the Probation Service's
Interstate Compact Unit and or other sources. Once an indictment
is made, the Interstate Compact Unit and State Police begin
the process of returning the individual back to Massachusetts.
A State Police Officer or officers travel
to the city or state where the offender or runaway is located.
In some cases, a private agency such as Transcor, an offender
transport service, or local law enforcement authorities
such as the police apprehend the offender or take the runaway
into custody. Rendition is waived and the Interstate Compact
Unit makes the arrangements to have the individual transported
back to the Bay State.