New Haven Police Announces Formation of the Street Interdiction Unit (SIU)
(5/6/2010) NEW HAVEN— Today, New Haven police Chief Frank Limon announced efforts to create a Street Interdiction Unit (SIU) within the New Haven Police Department. This new tactical section, operating under the Tactical Narcotics Unit, will focus on pursuing investigations and coordinating intelligence activities related to any connection between street violence and other existing crime. This initiative is the first step in establishing an integral unit that addresses street violence, gathers intelligence and develops street informants.
“For the same reasons this unit will serve as a critical tool in addressing the issues we face on a day-to-day basis: drug-dealing, street-level violence and quality-of-life problems it will be a very effective way in addressing the issues we saw in New York last week,” said Limon. “The recent New York terrorism incident underscores the need for every local law enforcement agency in America to commit to the use of an intelligence based system which facilitates the identification of suspects who are focused on doing harm to our communities.”
“An important aspect of the recent New York City incident, which should not be overlooked, was the action of a citizen who first suspected something was suspicious about the van that held the explosives and notified the authorities,” said Limon. “Citizen-involvement and a coordinated plan involving several public safety agencies served to avert a potential disaster.”
The New Haven Police Department is dedicated to establishing an intelligence based system, based on the development of a relational database, to be used in the design of strategies intended to not only solve, but to prevent crime.
“In the past, criminal activities which contributed to violence were viewed in isolation as investigations focused on the arrest and prosecution of offenders from a single incident,” said Limon. “Tying associations between persistent illegal activities and violence will help us to determine the sources on which we should focus our efforts; eliminating the source prevents future crime. The deployment of the SIU and the use of new technologies for gathering and sharing information is a first step towards that goal.”
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