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The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce hosted Safety and Security in the Merrimack Valley with local law enforcement officials. Pictured from left are Lawrence police Chief John Romero, Haverhill Chief Alan DeNaro, Massachusetts State Police Col. Mark Delaney, Massachusetts Secretary of Public Safety Kevin Burke, former state senator and former secretary of public safety James P. Jajuga, Georgetown police Chief James Mulligan, North Andover police Chief Rick Solomon and Andover Chief Brian Pattullo.

The state’s top public safety officials were in Haverhill last week to talk about the need to end gun and gang violence in big cities and how more officers are needed on the streets.

The event was hosted by Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Trinity EMS.

Secretary of Public Safety Kevin Burke spoke about Gov. Deval Patrick’s goals to end gun and gang violence, and about his own focus for more training for law enforcement officials. Burke said he hopes to increase manpower in local departments by freeing up funds to employ more officers.

State police Col. Mark Delaney spoke about the new B.A.T. Mobile for blood-alcohol testing traveling throughout the state, which cuts the amount of time a trooper spends booking a drunken driver — from two to four hours to approximately 45 minutes.

Haverhill Chief Alan DeNaro facilitated questions and answers, starting with this own concerns about the lack of community policing money.

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