08/02/2007

Calif. county sees drop in crime; officials credit anti-gang measures

Gregory W. Griggs
Los Angeles Times

VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. The creation of a gang unit was credited with a 21% decline in violent crime during the first six months of the year in the unincorporated areas and five cities patrolled by the Ventura County Sheriff's Department.

"They've been very effective and very, very busy," said Sheriff's Capt. Ron Nelson, noting that the gang unit stepped up enforcement in mid-June, conducting parole violation inspections and drivers license checkpoints that resulted in 49 arrests.

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