More than 100 people were arrested for suspected connections to gang activity in Fresno County. A week-long operation between federal, state and local authorities.
FPD’s main goals were to bring shootings down 20 percent as well as murders by the same amount. With three weeks left in 2018, shootings in Fresno have dropped by 34 percent and the City has seen a 41-percent decrease in murders.
A large gang enforcement operation organized by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, bringing some peace to Fresno County streets. Fresno PD alone, deployed 80-100 officers last week.
“In terms of operations, what we saw with Operation Washout. We’re doing about six or eight of those a year,” said Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer.
Within a span of five days, Operation Washout yielded 103 arrests. 72 of the suspects are gang members or associates. 18 firearms were seized but even more crucial Chief Dyer says — the type of criminals arrested.
“People that were involved in human trafficking, people that are the most violent, active and influential gang members in our city. People that are roaming the streets, armed with firearms,” said Dyer.
The murder rate in Fresno is on the decline. There were 56 homicides in 2017. So far this year, there have been 31 but Chief Dyer says a majority of those murders are gang related.
“The war on gangs can never be won, quite frankly. But it is something that we are making tremendous inroads in,” said Dyer.
The numbers show the strides Fresno PD has made in 2018 since bringing back more proactive patrols with Special Response Teams in the southeast, southwest and central districts. Community interaction also key, says Dyer. Events like the police activities league, mentoring youth and having student resource officers on campus. Chief Dyer says his department is all in.
“What we’re seeing today is dramatic reductions in violent crime and the momentum returning to the Fresno Police Department,” said Dyer.
Dyer says this is will be the first time in many years that the City has less than 350 shootings in one year alone.