Gang Activity in New Hampshire the Focus of Law Enforcement Summit and Information Sharing Initiative
CONCORD, N.H. – The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Hampshire today opened a two-day gang summit and information sharing initiative, a first of its kind forum to raise awareness about gang activity in our communities, bringing together federal, state, county, and local law enforcement and corrections officials to promote collaboration and discuss strategies for combating gang-related crime and violence. Summit participants will receive training in detecting gang activity in neighborhoods, schools, jails and prisons; address the emerging problem of outlaw motorcycle gangs in New Hampshire; and learn efficient methods for information sharing between and among law enforcement agencies at various levels of government.
The Summit is a product of the “Gang Issues Working Group” established by United States Attorney John P. Kacavas in February 2010. Members of the Working Group include United States Marshall David Cargill, New Hampshire Attorney General Michael Delaney, FBI Supervisory Special Agent Kieran Ramsay, New Hampshire State Police Colonel Robert Quinn, Nashua Chief of Police Don Conley, Manchester Chief of Police David Mara, among other law enforcement and corrections officials.
United States Attorney John P. Kacavas observed that “New Hampshire is not immune to the gang-related crime that has plagued other states for years. The mission of our Working Group is to unite law enforcement professionals at the federal, state and local levels to form an early bulwark against the insidious spread of gang crime and violence in the State of New Hampshire. This Summit represents the commitment of my office and the collective will of the law enforcement community in New Hampshire to accomplish that mission.”
United States Marshal David Cargill affirmed “This gang summit shows the commitment of the federal, state, and local law enforcement community in New Hampshire to keeping our streets and neighborhoods safe. They understand that our streets are connected and criminal gang activity may begin locally but will eventually infiltrate other communities. This summit demonstrates the dedication of New Hampshire law enforcement to stop this criminal gang activity in its tracks, through cooperation, collaboration and intelligence led policing.”
New Hampshire Attorney General Michael Delaney stated, “I appreciate the efforts of the United States Attorney’s Office to bring together federal, state and local law enforcement officials to combat gang activity in New Hampshire. By working together and sharing information, we can make a difference in keeping gang activity from our kids and our communities.”
“When confronted by a surge in street crime the question to any one police department might have been, “What are you going to do about it?” Today the question really is, “What are we going to do about it” and success comes down to two abiding principles, commitment and connectivity, which is being highlighted and reinforced through this conference,” stated FBI Resident Agent in-Charge Kieran Ramsey.
“The summit is a great opportunity for law enforcement in the state to focus on the problems we face involving gangs in the state of New Hampshire and making the topic of gangs a priority as it relates to our state. It also stresses the importance to all of us within the state, especially law enforcement, and it creates a willingness to address the problem and promote a unified front,” stated Nashua Police Chief Donald Conley.
Manchester Police Chief David Mara acknowledged that “This is an important issue in New Hampshire as in other states and we are pleased that the United States Attorney’s Office heard the concerns of law enforcement and took the initiative to put this gang summit and information sharing initiative together.”
This two-day Gang Summit and Information Sharing Initiative will be attended by nearly 200 members of law enforcement representing communities and agencies from across the State of New Hampshire.