FBI Creates Task Force in Southeast

An FBI task force to combat South American jewelry theft gangs in the southeastern United States has been established in Miami, reports John J. Kennedy, president of the Jewelers' Security Alliance (JSA). The task force is composed of members of the FBI and South Florida police departments. Such a task force has been JSA's No. 1 goal for almost a year, following a sharp increase in attacks in the past 18 months on jewelry salespersons traveling in the Southeast. JSA lobbied for establishment of the task force during meetings with FBI and other government and law enforcement officials. A similar task force in Los Angeles has operated successfully for more than two years, effectively hindering the activities of theft gangs in Southern California. In addition, Kennedy told JCK, the Southern Jewelry Travelers Association (SJTA) has taken "a strong leadership role in improving the securit
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