Chico City Council to Consider Permanent Street Crimes Unit

The Chico Police Street Crimes Unit may be coming back permanently.

Posted: Oct 1, 2018 6:26 PM
Updated: Oct 2, 2018 11:34 AM

CHICO, Calif. - The Chico Police Street Crimes Unit may be coming back permanently.

On Tuesday the city council will vote on the proposal. The street crimes unit will cost about $690,000.

Chico Police Chief Mike O'Brien is proposing taking funds out of the overtime budget and the waste-haulers fee.

The four-person unit will have one sergeant and three officers.

The original unit had one sergeant and six officers, but the chief said he needed to reduce to make the proposal cost-efficient.

During the summer, the unit was moved from south campus to key spots in Chico including city plaza, public parks and north Esplanade.

"The Street Crimes Unit would really be responsible for really responding to crime wherever it was occurring in the city so it doesn't have to be just the parks," O'Brien said. "Certainly, there will be a lot of focus on our parks, but also public spaces wherever there are issues." 

The street crimes unit ended in August.

The unit made 282 arrests and reduced arrests for part one crime by 37 percent compared to the same time last year.

Part one crime includes robbery and car theft.

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