Gang-related crimes in Compton decline dramatically
Gang-related crimes drop in Compton following three-year County Sheriff- Department of Justice partnership COMPTON — Gang-related crimes and an overall decrease in chronic violence has dropped dramatically by double digits, following a three-year partnership between the United States Department of Justice, Compton, and the
Gang-related crimes drop in Compton following three-year County Sheriff- Department of Justice partnership
COMPTON — Gang-related crimes and an overall decrease in chronic violence has dropped dramatically by double digits, following a three-year partnership between the United States Department of Justice, Compton, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, Sheriff Jim McDonnell, Assistant United States Attorney Justin Rhoades, and Compton City Councilwoman Janna Zurita stood with officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; Los
Angeles County Deputy District Attorney’s Office, Los Angeles County Probation Department, U.S. Marshals Service, and Compton Unified School District Police Department, and offered details of a collaboration that netted more than four thousand arrests, several federal indictments, the confiscation of hundreds of illegal guns, and more than 270 pounds of narcotics including enough Fentanyl to kill nearly four million people.
In 2015, the Obama Administration’s Department of Justice selected Compton for what launched three years ago as the Violence Reduction Network (VRN) of more than 10 cities across the nation working closely with the federal government to reduce chronic violence in their communities.
This program provided the LASD Compton Station technical resources, training and the ability for the Department of Justice and local officials to work together seamlessly to address twelve key areas of focus, including gang violence and prevention, human trafficking, mental illness and homelessness, at-risk youth, and trust-building in the community.
“Agents with the ATF and the DEA worked side-by-side with our deputies, making real-time decisions on operations and arrests,” said McDonnell. “As a result, our Compton Station’s gang enforcement, narcotics, and cyber-crime teams were able to strategically partner with Justice Department counterparts on intelligence-gathering, warrants service and major operations, and sometimes work in real time scenarios to make arrests.”
The outcomes speak volumes: 4,092 people were arrested and/or indicted, 636 illegal firearms were taken off the streets, 80 pounds of explosives were seized, 647 pounds of illegal narcotics such as marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin, and 18 pounds of Fentanyl were removed.