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LAW ENFORCEMENT PROPOSES HOME BREAK-IN TASK FORCE

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A proposed task force aimed at curbing home break-ins in Davidson County also could reduce other crimes, law enforcement officials say.

The task force, which has been approved by the county and now must be approved by state officials, would focus primarily on burglaries.But authorities believe the payoff from the task force could result in more drug arrests and an overall reduction in crime.

``Break-ins and drugs usually go hand-in-hand - the crime is so dependent on the other,' Sheriff Jimmy Johnson said. ``All the crime seems to be intermingled, so that this will help several areas.'

The $300,000 program - with nearly $70,000 in funding from the county - was approved by county commissioners in February. The town of Denton, which would receive specific coverage from the task force, will contribute about $7,000 to the program.

The task force would consist of three new sheriff's deputies and a secretary. The program would seek to curb break-ins in the rural areas of the county.

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