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Crime Suppression Unit
The Crime Suppression Unit consists of highly trained officers assigned to identifying emerging crime trends or problem areas in the City and then finding solutions to those issues. CSU is the Department’s primary resource for combating crimes committed by criminal street gangs and are tasked with gang suppression and gang related investigations. CSU allows the Department to direct resources to a specific problem without diverting Patrol Officers from responding to calls for service. The overriding philosophy of the Crime Suppression Unit is that crime can be deterred from occurring through highly proactive enforcement and through directed enforcement following creative problem oriented policing strategies. CSU works with other specialized units throughout our region to track down suspects as crime does not stay within the confines of city limits. By working with regional partners, CSU is able to follow crime trends and suspects wherever they may go to deter them from committing crime in our city.
Crime Suppression Unit officers work in a variety of marked and unmarked vehicles, bicycle patrol, and foot patrol depending on the problem they are addressing. The main priorities of the Crime Suppression Unit are:
Gang Enforcement and Suppression
Problem-Oriented Policing Projects
Property Crime Suppression
Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) Enforcement
Members of the Crime Suppression Unit are also available to provide gang education presentations for your school or community group. These presentations are geared towards local gang issues, risk factors for youth joining gangs, and the Department’s response to local gang issues.