CHICO, Calif. – Chico Chief of Police, Matt Madden, announced Thursday afternoon that the Chico Police Department has created a new police unit.
According to Chief Madden, the former "C Team" was responsible for patrolling the south campus and downtown area during the academic year and transitioning to a street-level crime unit during the winter and summer months. However, for several reasons, including the coronavirus pandemic, Madden says there has been an increase in "Part 1 crimes," including violent crime.
In an effort to reduce these types of crimes, the Chico Police Department will be reassigning the "C team" to the "Violence Suppression Unit (VSU)" on Sept. 17, 2020.
Madden said the VSU will be an investigative unit with a hybrid mission in both investigation and proactive enforcement of violent crime.
The VSU will investigate crimes such as shootings, stabbings, felony level batteries, and robberies. He says the team will also focus on crimes committed or suspected to have been committed by organized crime groups, career criminals, or suspects on some form of supervised release.
The VSU unit will co-respond to crimes with the patrol division and assume primary investigative responsibility once the scene is static.
Madden says by doing that, it will allow for a more rapid and efficient response in order to successfully investigate serious crimes occurring in the Chico community.
“The mission of the Violence Suppression Unit is to bridge the gap between the Patrol and Detective Unit’s by rapidly responding to these types of crimes," said Madden. "The goal is to achieve successful investigations, apprehend violent criminals, and reduce violent crime in the City of Chico.”
The team will work closely with the department’s Patrol Division, Target Team, and Detective Bureau and will partner with Butte County Probation, Butte County Sheriff’s Office, and the Butte County District Attorney’s Office.