Chico, Calif. – In week number ten of the Chico Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit, officers on special patrol are sending a strong message to those committing habitual crimes in the community. That message is simple: we are watching for illegal activity and we will arrest you.
Over the weekend, officers working in the unit performed the latest round-up, by targeting what are considered street-level crimes which have a negative impact on quality of life.
Those crimes include illegal activity such as car burglary and theft, drug dealing and possession, bike theft, outstanding warrants and habitual retail theft.
In the ten weeks since the Street Crimes Unit began operating, officers have made a total of 250 arrests.
This weekend’s operation was in addition to Chico Police offering assistance to law enforcement personnel in Shasta County, as officers logged over 200 hours for anti-looting patrols as a result of the Carr Fire evacuations.
Chief Michael O’Brien says due to the success of the specialized Street Crimes Unit, Chico City Council members are expected in coming week to discuss the possibility of identifying long-term funding to continue the pro-active unit, which is slated to end after one more week of operations.