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Posted: Monday, December 17, 2012 5:19 pm

BRADENTON--Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube says this year's twenty-six homicides are an anomaly; however, he's hoping that by creating a new, streamlined investigative force, those murders as well as all future murders will be solved more quickly thanks to better communication.

Authorities plan to launch the Manatee Homicide Investigative Unit on January 1, 2013.

This new unit is a way to bring all of the county's resources to the table as soon as a murder investigation begins.

The Manatee County Sheriff's Office will head the unit, but the Bradenton and Palmetto police departments will have officers permanently embedded with the unit.

The police departments of Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach and Longboat Key will also be part of the investigative unit, and will assist in the investigation of murders within Manatee County.

This was the brainchild of Bradenton Police Chief Michael Radzilowski, who says that when it comes to taxpayer dollars, pooling resources makes for a much better products and results.

"I hope we provide a more efficient use of all our resources and provide a better service the the community because its all about customer service and solving these murders," said Radzilowski.

The new unit will cost tax payers no more than they already pay.

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