Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Salinas to re-institute violence suppression unit in the wake of a spike in homicides

The Salinas Police Department will be re-forming a small Violence Suppression Unit (VSU) to gather intelligence, coordinate and conduct counter-violence operations and to support detectives in their investigations, administrators announced Monday. The unit will consist of a supervisor and two officers supported by additional officers on an overtime basis, as well as by other law enforcement agencies at the local, state and federal level as available.

The Salinas Police Department was forced to fold the violence suppression unit in July 2015 due to staffing shortages. The police department closed all units outside of patrol and investigations. This left the department with no dedicated gang enforcement/gang investigation unit.

The city has seen a spike of violence. Early Tuesday, a 20-year-old man was found dead near Chinatown, the victims of multiple gunshot wounds. He's the 27th homicide victim so far this year, and the ninth in the month of august.

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