POLICE

Police officer Darren Derby in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, gets to know area school children.
Karen Brown / NEPR

When I asked the leaders of the "Trauma-Informed Berkshires" campaign which police officer has come closest to their key goal — understanding the effects of trauma in the community — they all pointed me to one person: Darren Derby. 

Vermont State Police have disbanded a decades-old program that used military helicopters to spot illicit cannabis farms from on high.

An ICE badge.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Federal immigration officials have apprehended dozens of people suspected of living in the country illegally in a series of sweeps in New England. 

Tom Turco, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's new public safety chief, started in the Baker administration as undersecretary of criminal justice.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker welcomed new Public Safety Secretary Tom Turco to his cabinet on Thursday and bid farewell to outgoing secretary Dan Bennett in the first post-election shakeup of the administration's senior leadership team.

Marijuana products on a counter at Cultivate in Leicester, Massachusetts, as they're rung up for purchase.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

The opening of commercial pot shops in Massachusetts is likely to draw people from neighboring states —like Connecticut — where recreational marijuana is not legal. 

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