A special crime-fighting unit in the Alice Police Department has just reached a significant milestone -- 100 arrests since the group was formed back in April.
Alice Police Chief Randy Weems called attention to the achievement on Wednesday, saying the high number of arrests in such a short period of time shows great progress, and that the unit is being proactive.
The specialty unit made arrests numbers 99, 100 and 101 at the same time, around 10 p.m. Monday. The officers were conducting surveillance on a local gang member who had a warrant for his arrest, and when the target, 17-year old Albert Orona was located, the officers also arrested 17-year old Jeremiah Rivera and 19-year old Noe Gonzales III, who police say were found to be in possession of cocaine in their vehicle.
Chief Weems said it is not just the special crimes unit that's having an impact, but that the whole department has worked to decrease crime by partnering with citizens. He said it's all part of his goal of re-branding the image and culture of the department.
"When you have 40-percent increase in efficiency in your criminal investigations division, and you have a 30-percent reduction in aggravated assaults, you're showing results," Weems said.
Weems said the department has begun to seek accreditation through the Texas Police Chiefs Association's recognition program. They will have to meet 186 standards in order to receive that recognition status. The goal is to be completely recognized by February of 2014.
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