Housing Unit Squads
The Housing Unit is assigned to the Special Operations Division. The Unit employs community policing strategies aimed at improving the quality of life of Federal Housing residents that reside in one of the 10 federally-owned developments in Richmond County.
The Housing Unit is divided into two squads, each squad consists of a Sergeant, a Corporal, and six deputies. The two squads work a 12 hour shift that mirrors the road patrol shift rotation. Members are hand-picked based on their experience, education, and training.
The members of the Housing Squads are expected to know the residents in troubled apartments, to recognize by sight, the "regulars" who congregate on the corner, and to understand the ongoing problems and concerns of neighbors and businesses. It is also about partnering with the community to develop unique solutions to not only fight crime, but especially to reduce fear and build community trust. A major objective of this strategy is to aggressively enforce laws aimed at reducing narcotic enterprise.
By maintaining an aggressive campaign toward criminal trespass laws, officers are able to identify non-residents who utilize the public housing developments to enhance their drug trade. Through statistics that have been compiled over past years, it has been established that the majority of illegal activities occurring in these developments are done so by individuals living outside the housing developments. It is at this group that the Housing Unit channels its energy.
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