Multiple arrests in collaborative police sweep in Pittsfield Saturday night

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PITTSFIELD — Several law enforcement agencies banded together over the weekend to crack down on a variety of crime in the city.

Mayor Linda Tyer confirmed on Sunday evening that a "successful collaborative" effort took place on Saturday involving the Pittsfield Police department, state police, the Berkshire County Sheriff's office and probation officers.

While Tyer has been briefed on some details of the police sweep, she didn't give specifics of the operation saying only that city police commanders will meet today to put together more details of the sweep. She expects more discussion about the operation on Monday.

Tyer also briefed city councilors in an email, with Councilor At Large Peter White backing the crime strategy.

"Getting drugs off the street is a step toward all of us being safer," he said.

Reportedly, arrests were made and several businesses targeted which may have affected the Saturday nightlife, according to Councilor John Krol.

"I understand it may have really put a damper on business ... once word got out and many people may have decided to stay home," Krol told The Eagle.

Tyer was asked about the potential impact on business by such a large scale crackdown on criminal activity.

"I take very seriously criminal acts and people want a safe city," she said. "If people are out enjoying themselves and being responsible, they have nothing to worry about."

Dick Lindsay can be reached at rlindsay@berkshireeagle.com and 413-496-6233.


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