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Task Force Of Detectives To Investigate Most Serious Crimes

By Kimberly Davidow
Published On: Aug 17 2011 01:05:27 PM CDT
Updated On: Feb 23 2011 05:10:00 AM CST
BERN TWP., Pa. -

Law enforcement officers have a new weapon in their arsenal to solve crimes.

Berks County District Attorney John Adams announced Wednesday morning the formation of the county's Major Crime Task Force.

Twenty-seven investigators from 15 police departments around the county will join forces and share resources to solve major crimes.

Det. Michael Godshall of the Exeter Twp. Police Department is one of the task force's members.

"Now being together as a group, it allows all criminal investigators to work together to try to resolve individual agencies crimes or problems that they have," said Godshall.

Adams said the hope is the task force, which is being funded by the Berks County commissioners, will be able to solve crimes faster and make the county safer.

Chief County Det. Michael Gombar told 69 News there are more than 40 police departments in the county and only 15 of those have detective units.

Gombar said the task force will be able to use the manpower of those units to solve major crimes countywide.

"We're pulling together resources of the 15 detective bureaus in Berks County, so the state police have the responsibility of the remaining departments," said Gombar.

Officials said they hope they can bring more peace of mind to people in Berks County.

Adams said a long-term goal for the Major Crime Task Force could be re-opening cold cases.

"We can never shut the door," said Adams. "And we have to make certain that someone out there that has committed a violent crime, that they will make sure that we're going to be on their tail."

Adams told 69 News the new task force worked together this past weekend when police were able to arrest Manuel Carrero, Jr., 36, for allegedly beating an 83-year-old woman to death and seriously injuring her husband inside their home in Spring Township.

Adams said it took investigators just 12 hours to crack the case.