The Winston-Salem Police Department’s Gang Unit has received the “Gang Unit of the Year” award from the North Carolina Gang Investigators Association. The award was presented during the association’s annual meeting last month in Durham.
The award is based on such factors as prevention and suppression efforts, notable investigations, community gang awareness efforts and interagency cooperation.
The Gang Unit comprises a sergeant, a corporal and eight police officers who are responsible for the detection, identification, validation, and suppression of gangs, their members, and their activities throughout the city.
The Gang Unit routinely works with federal, state, and local agencies in a coordinated effort against gangs and gang members, and organizes an annual Gang Awareness Week to promote community gang awareness and develop a multi-faceted approach to criminal gangs and gang members.
One of the Gang Unit officers is cross-sworn with the FBI and serves on the FBI's Safe Streets Crime Task Force. Officers assigned to the Gang Unit have received advanced gang awareness training and are continuously advancing their knowledge and skills in gang detection and suppression through training and field experience.
During 2010, the Gang Unit handled 520 calls for service and made 1,000 arrests, including 84 felonies, 684 criminal misdemeanors, and 126 traffic infractions/misdemeanors. The Gang Unit accepted 39 cases referred to it for follow-up investigations and provided 569 hours of support to the Field Services and Investigative Services bureaus.
The North Carolina Gang Investigators Association is an association of law enforcement and criminal justice professionals dedicated to the prevention of gangs and the suppression of gang-related activity in North Carolina.
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