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Moore, Evangelidis push for statewide use of info sharing program

April 03, 2011
Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis and State Sen. Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge, last week stressed what they see as the need for the Secure Communities program to be adopted by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

On the coattails of a public safety briefing and press conference held at the Milford Police Department on Friday, March 18, both Evangelidis and Moore reiterated their comments just last week, both agreeing that the pilot program launched in greater Boston should be extended to the rest of the state.

According to Gov. Deval Patrick's administration, though, the Secure Communities program will only implement the program after significant public outreach and education has been conducted.

The Secure Communities Program is a nationwide information sharing network that automatically sends the fingerprints of every person taken into police custody to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice.

Through the use of biometric identification, the apprehended individual's real name and citizenship or immigration status is made available to the arresting department if that person had ever been apprehended anywhere in the United States before.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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