Fresno police launch gang sweep to counter shootings, homemade guns

BoNhia Lee (The Fresno Bee) | June 11, 2014

Three gang-related shootings on Tuesday night and an uptick in homemade weapons have Fresno police preparing to combat gang violence as the summer months approach.

Officers have already started cracking down on gang activity over the last 28 days, which has resulted in more than 30 arrests and more than 90 weapons confiscated, said Chief Jerry Dyer during a Wednesday afternoon news conference where some of the weapons were displayed.

“We’ve been gearing up for the gang violence,” Dyer said, adding the department has launched an operation “to get out and remove gang members and guns off the streets of Fresno.”

The police department’s street violence operation team, the regional gang task force known as MAGEC, and violent crime impact team will work together with other public safety agencies to monitor gang activity.

For example, officers keep an eye on social media posts about parties that are frequented by gang members. That’s where violence often erupts, officers said.

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