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Sheriff Says New Gang Unit Is Doing The Job

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, May 4, 2012
More than two dozen officers make up the IMPACT Division of the Sacramento Sheriff's Department.   Captain Eric Manus says they are identifying the most active gang members first and arresting them.
MANUS:  "We're not out blindly seeking people. We know exactly where we're going.  We know who's committing the crime. We know exactly what we're doing on a day-to-day basis.  "
Sheriff Scott Jones says the approach has already proven effective with 124 arrests, 112 guns seized and no gang-related homicides in the County this year.  The Sheriff is hoping to expand the program's reach.
JONES: "In this region, I'm already establishing relationships with those outside of our county geographical boundary to see if we can enhance and augment these forces." 
The City of Sacramento is not contributing officers due to budget constraints, but the IMPACT officers have been granted permission to operate within the city limits.
For the first time, the department is going into communities and engaging in  coordinated gang-prevention efforts.
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