The Schaumburg Police Department has deployed a new, highly visible Special Operations Division Tactical Unit to enhance enforcement efforts already taking place within the Village. Tasked with actively patrolling the village to address street level criminal/vice activity, the Tactical Unit supplements the Police Department’s contingency of patrol officers already on the street daily. Within the first two months of deployment, members of the unit have affected approximately (55) misdemeanor and felony arrests combined and issued more than (350) Traffic Citations or Written Warnings to motorists.
“We have many outstanding employees, both civilian and sworn,” Police Chief James Lamkin said. “The officers in this unit have demonstrated a focused and dedicated approach to combating crime and addressing community concerns. The Tactical Unit will be both highly successful in its mission and it will spotlight the exceptional caliber of the Schaumburg Police Department as a whole.”
Tactical Unit Officers are on the street daily, assisting patrol officers with in-progress calls and at the same time, bolstering the department’s enforcement efforts in the areas of drug, gang and criminal activity. This unit works hand in hand with the department’s drive to utilize crime analysis and intelligence gathering in identifying criminal activity and trending within the village. Based on data provided by the police department’s Investigation Division Crime
Analyst, the Tactical Unit addresses specific target problems – areas in the community where there may be increased instances of theft or burglary, reports of graffiti/potential gang activity, concerns about underage drinking and youths gathering or other criminal trends. Members of the unit provide a visible presence at hotels, retail establishments, parks, etc. In addition, in the near future they will be utilized at large-scale/high attendance, special events taking place within the community.
“It is rare to find a community that is not touched in some way by gangs or drugs. Schaumburg is no exception and we anticipate our new Tactical Unit will further reduce the low level of such street-based activity in the village,” said Lamkin. “I am proud of the success the Tactical Unit officers and supervisors have already had in addressing activity within the village. Working in conjunction with our already outstanding Patrol and Investigation Divisions, this unit rounds out and enhances our overall enforcement efforts.”
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