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|September 22, 2004
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Hampden Juvenile Probation Partners With Springfield Police's
Youth Aid Bureau To Curb Gang Activity And Make Schools Safe
The Hampden County Juvenile
Probation Department has joined with the Springfield
Police Department's Youth Aid Bureau to form a Warrant
Apprehension Team which targets juvenile offenders, many
with gang ties, who have outstanding warrants.
are going into the schools this fall to monitor offenders
and to help stem violence. The group is also participating
in unannounced warrant sweeps to apprehend offenders
who have not abided by the terms of their probation
and for failing to appear for scheduled court appearances.
Juvenile Chief Probation Officer Thomas Ginley said the
team was formed last spring in response to the rise in
violent crime among juveniles. There have been 11 shootings,
including the shooting deaths of twin brothers.
is a poor city and we have a lot of challenges. It is
critically important that Probation and the Police work
together," said Ginley. "We will work hard to make the
schools safe. We have had a presence in the schools and
we will continue to have one. We are doing our best to
contribute to the quality of life in the city."
Marc Anthony of the Youth Aid Bureau describes the partnership
between Probation and the Springfield Police as an "excellent
"We work as a team. The School Resource
Officers do home visits with Probation Officers. We do
night time patrol and the kids know that we are taking
a very serious approach," said Captain Anthony.
Anthony added, "We are dealing with a deadly combination
of drugs, firearms, and the release of prisoners who
are serious violent offenders. Anybody who thinks the
police can handle this alone is fooling themselves."
Hampden County Juvenile Court Probation Department
and the Springfield Police Department's Youth Aid Bureau
have worked together for the past decade. The Youth
Aid Bureau's student support officers work with Probation
Officers to verify students' attendance at school
and to address disciplinary matters.
The Massachusetts Probation
Service is a department of the Massachusetts Trial Court.
There are 12 Superior Court, 62 District Court, eight
Boston Municipal Court, and 12 Probate and Family Court
probation departments throughout the Commonwealth. Probation's
Juvenile Court System includes 11 divisions which represent
every county in the state. There are 21 Community Corrections
Centers throughout the state.