The Boston Police Department is doubling the number of people it dedicates to investigating unsolved homicides.
Commissioner William Gross and Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins announced Thursday that the new unit will be made up of one sergeant and three detectives.
Gross said the creation of the new squad was prompted by community members who have lost a loved one to violence and wanted more resources allocated to solving the crimes. Mayor Marty Walsh gave the new unit his quick stamp of approval.
In addition, four criminologists will be added to the department's crime lab to assist in handling DNA evidence and forensic evidence for homicides or sexual assaults.
The Suffolk district attorney's office says there are 1,367 unsolved homicides in the city, some dating back decades.