Sources: Suffolk detectives' removal hindering gang task force

Police officers from the Suffolk County Police Department's

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Police officers from the Suffolk County Police Department's anti-gang unit, patrol a housing complex in Huntington Station. Suffolk police withdrew from a federal gang task force, preferring to address gang violence internally on a precinct level, official said. (Oct. 10, 2012) (Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas)

The removal last August of three Suffolk detectives who helped solve some of the county's most notorious gang homicides from a federal task force, law-enforcement sources said, has hurt the unit's ability to combat the violence.

"The biggest thing is that this just slows things down," a source said of the reassignment. "It makes it more difficult and it leaves murderers on the street longer."

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