Calif. unit posts impressive arrest records



CHICO, Calif. — A team of Chico police officers assigned to the department's Street Crimes Unit arrested 212 people last year on suspicion of recently committed felony and misdemeanor crimes.

That number was about 20 higher than in 2006, the year the special unit was formed, said Chico police Sgt. Dave Barrow.

Another 164 people were taken into custody on felony and misdemeanor warrants.

Even more impressive in Barrow's estimation, however, is the number of parole searches completed by the unit, targeting some of the most dangerous habitual offenders in the area.

Barrow said the unit called on 238 parolees, versus 151 in 2006.

It also completed 253 probation searches in 2007.

Among the total number of arrests, 124 involved drug violations, Barrow said.

The unit confiscated about 10 pounds of processed marijuana, plus quantities of methamphetamine, cocaine and prescription drugs, and took 20 weapons off the street, most of them firearms.

Barrow said it also located and arrested two suspects in a pair of attempted homicide cases last year.

The unit, whose members generally serve for six years, is headed by Sgt. James Fryar. Barrow said officer members prefer to remain anonymous due to the nature of their work.

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