Allegheny County DA Zappala wants funds for crime task force

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Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. wants half a million dollars to fund a new regional task force to fight crime.

Modeling it after previous task forces that successfully cleaned up portions of Braddock and elsewhere, Mr. Zappala said the extra $474,000 could help fight a growing drug problem in the county, which he says the county police have neglected.

"I am concerned that county police are doing much less narcotics work," he told county council's budget committee Tuesday evening. "We can make a big difference in some of these communities."

Charles Moffatt, superintendent of the Allegheny County Police, said he didn't understand where Mr. Zappala was getting his numbers and doesn't believe drug enforcement has taken a hit.

The district attorney believes it will take $16.4 million to run his department in 2014. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald budgeted $15.8 million; some on county council have proposed bumping that up to $16.1 million.


First Published November 12, 2013 12:00 AM

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