The purpose of a newly-expanded regulation enforcement activity pressure is to extra rapidly get weapons off the road within the Denver metro space and arrest these pulling the set off.
RAVEN, the Regional Anti-Violence Community, launched in January. The federal, state and native activity pressure shares data between 14 companies and makes use of superior know-how to determine developments, develop patterns of crime and make arrests extra rapidly throughout the metro space.
The brand new activity pressure will take the place of the metro gang activity pressure.
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Though the metro gang activity pressure was extra targeted on bigger organized crime arrests, RAVEN will deal with coping with single incidents involving weapons to get shooters off the road “in hours and days, not weeks and months,” Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen mentioned.
“Gun violence doesn’t keep in Denver or Aurora,” Pazen mentioned. “It impacts your complete metro area.”
Between Jan. 1 and Might 30, the duty pressure made 54 arrests, seized 1,403 grams of narcotics and 970 capsules, and recovered 39 handguns and 6 rifles, in line with information supplied at a information convention. Police added 322 results in the Nationwide Built-in Ballistic Data Community, which ties cartridges discovered at shootings to others from the identical gun.
RAVEN will deal with instances resembling a current investigation wherein one gang was tied to 13 crimes between April 2017 and March 2018, mentioned Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives particular agent David Sales space. Nineteen individuals have been charged, and 15 pleaded responsible.
In June, RAVEN’s work led to the arrest of two individuals together with a Denver sheriff’s deputy, with drug trafficking crimes.
Nevertheless it’s not simply in regards to the numbers, Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz mentioned.
Over his greater than 30 years in regulation enforcement, he’s needed to break the information to moms that their kids weren’t coming residence. And “you always remember that (mom’s) scream,” he mentioned. “You always remember that sound.”
The variety of youth concerned in gun violence continues to extend, Metz mentioned.
“The tragedies that we’ve been seeing recently right here have simply been staggering,” he mentioned.