Eighteen months after Massachusetts created the MassGang computer database to identify street-gang members across the state, not a single local police department has contributed information to the $1.2 million federally funded intelligence system, reports the Boston Globe. Cash-strapped police departments are so short-handed that they cannot spare officers to verify their gang data and enter it on computers, officials said.
So far, only two agencies have provided data on people identified as gang members: the state Department of Correction and the State Police. The Correction Department has provided records on about 6,000 gang members who have been in prison, and the State Police on about 2,000 gang members identified by investigators. Six county sheriff's departments are also poised to contribute data on inmates.