Departmental Project – Strategic Plan
This strategy paper will discuss a strategic action plan to address an increase in violent crime with gang and drug related connections, which have been the subject of public, political and community demand for action. Included in this strategy is the creation of an inter-agency task force that includes units of the local police department and state and federal agencies.
Task Force Member Agencies
Virtual County Police Department
There will be six units from the Virtual County Police Department represented on this Task Force. Following will be a description of each unit’s basic function in the police department, why each was chosen for this task force, what role the unit will play, and how it will interact with other selected units. 1) Patrol - The Patrol Operations is the largest division and the core of the Virtual Police Department. Patrol is generally the first assignment for new officers, responding to calls for service in the city. The purpose of Patrol on this Task Force will be to provide the ability to leverage a significant amount of resources in a rapid fashion. In our high-crime target areas, the Task Force will deploy Patrol in order to employ aggressive field interrogation, a method in which the police check out suspicious persons and places. Studies show this strategy leads to large drops in robbery, burglary, theft, auto theft, assault, sex crimes, malicious mischief, and disturbances. 2) S.W.A.T. - A SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team is an elite unit within a police force, used for exceptional situations that require increased firepower or specialized tactics. The officers in a SWAT unit have undergone special training and have access to an arsenal of weaponry, armor and surveillance devices beyond standard-issue police gear. A few situations that typically require a SWAT team call-out: * A high-risk warrant - If the police are going to conduct an arrest at a home, and they know the person is likely to be armed, they will call in the SWAT team to perform the arrest. * A hostage situation - SWAT team snipers are trained to take out an attacker who is holding a hostage in the event that negotiations break down. * A barricade situation - When criminals barricade themselves inside a building, possibly with weapons that are fired out at the police or civilians, a SWAT team can launch a powerful assault to end the stand-off. * A high-risk person - If someone needs to be transported, and there is a high chance of an assassination attempt on his life, SWAT team armored vehicles can serve as protection. The SWAT unit will be represented on the Task Force by an experienced SWAT commander. His/her role will be to provide training, tactics, and specialized data to the Task Force in order to better utilize the unit and provide a greater understanding of when special tactics should be applied with regards to crime reduction. Since the Patrol unit will be employing more aggressive field interrogation techniques, information-sharing with SWAT will be invaluable. 3) Transit – The Transit Unit is a separate branch of the Virtual County Police that patrols and responds to emergencies within the county transit system. Its responsibility includes the subways, buses, trains, and bridges in the county. Transit’s role on the task force will be to work with Patrol Units on coordinating efforts and intelligence on criminals and behavior that happens across the county while using our massive public transportation system. Safety on public transportation is a key goal of the Task Force, as the condition of the system and the incidences of crime have skyrocketed with the decline of the economy. Employing strategies learned from each other will aid this Task Force in targeting crime in the system, as well as drug trafficking county-wide. 4) Organized Crime – The Organized Crime Unit is charged with the...