Crime Reduction Unit:
The Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) is a semi-undercover rapid-response team that supports the Law Enforcement and Detention operations of the Sheriff’s Office. The CRU consists of a sergeant and six (6) deputies who work a constantly-changing schedule to meet the needs of the Office and the community.
The daily duties and responsibilities of CRU deputies vary greatly, but can generally be summed up as encompassing fugitive apprehension, case follow-up, response to crime-related tips and self-initiated investigation. Any of these duties may take priority at any given time.
CRU deputies regularly work interactively with officers and agents from a number of local and federal agencies. These include ATF, FBI, the U.S. Marshal’s Service, the U.S. Postal Inspectors, local police departments and others. Additionally, CRU deputies work tips and leads received from a number of sources, including Crime Stoppers, anonymous calls, requests from other agencies, information shared by other deputies and more.
Much of the work typically done by CRU deputies originates as a simple warrant service or traffic stop, but these contacts have often been taken further by the deputies developing probable cause to secure search warrants for motel rooms, apartments, vehicles and houses. The search warrants have resulted in the recovery of several methamphetamine labs and hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of illegal drugs and stolen property.
Most of the CRU members also have secondary duties. These include such things as SWAT, Crisis Negotiations, teaching in Recruit Academies and In-Service Training and participation in the Recruit Mentoring Program.
CRU deputies also focus on problems such as pattern crimes. These include rashes of vandalism, vehicle break-ins, and burglaries. In recent years, CRU deputies has successfully cleared numerous pattern crimes, with prosecution including organized crime charges against some offenders.
CRU deputies have made a number of “high-profile” arrests in the last five years, including suspects wanted for crimes locally and as far away as Hawaii. These arrests have involved crimes of murder, bank robbery, home invasion, vehicle theft, identity theft, drug distribution, sexual assault, arson, criminal mischief and others. Several dozen CRU arrests have led to subsequent sentences in the Colorado Department of Corrections, resulting in noticeable reductions in certain crime types (motor vehicle theft, motorcycle theft, mail theft).
The CRU sergeant also supervises a single detective assigned to the local office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). This detective, a Colorado Springs Police Officer, and ATF Special Agents work independently and with other agencies in Southern Colorado to combat gun-related crime. Over the last several years, the ATF has taken hundreds of firearms out of the hands of violent offenders, drug dealers, and convicted felons. A number of offenders have received significant federal prison sentences for their crimes.
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