Gang Task Force
In 2001 District Attorney Phillips formed the Orange County Gang Task Force. The task force is responsible for both criminal investigations of gangs and public education programs to provide gang awareness training. The enforcement component is comprised of local, state, and federal law enforcement officers who work with the District Attorney’s staff to investigate and prosecute gang activity. In 2004 this resulted in a major prosecution of the infamous BBK street gang.
The District Attorney also provides Gang Awareness Training Programs for schools, parents groups, service providers, and other governmental agencies. Training is available upon written request. The training will enable attendees to recognize and better understand gangs. Options to address the problems that gangs bring to communities, schools, and neighborhoods will be provided.
District Attorney Phillips, together with members of the City of Newburgh Police, N.Y. State Police, and members of the City Government with evidence seized during an operation targeting the BBK street gang.
District Attorney Phillips addressing the media after a joint investigation with the U.S. Attorney's office and federal, state, county and local law enforcement after the arrest of numerous members of both the Bloods and Latin Kings gangs in the City of Newburgh in May 2010.