- Associated Press - Monday, February 2, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Anchorage police officials say a multiagency task force will be created to address the flurry of homicides and other violent crimes in the first month of the new year.

KSKA (https://is.gd/RXntUu) reports police Chief Mark Mew and his staff analyzed how many violent shootings have occurred this year, compared with past Januarys.

Mew says January had 31 violent shootings this year, compared to 12 for the same time period last year and 14 in 2013.

Mew says drugs are a common element so far. He says some of the incidents appear to be related through gang activity, with some possibly involving retaliation.

Police are assembling a task force consisting of up to 15 officers. The department also is reaching out to federal agencies to potentially coordinate on a task force.


Information from: KSKA-FM, https://www.kska.org

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