Homeland Security Experts to Help San Jose Police Target Gangs

By: Brian Shields - Fri, 24 Jun 2011 18:14:49 -0800

SAN JOSE (KRON) -- Two federal homeland security officers will soon be working full-time with the San Jose police department in an effort to be more effective in cracking down on gangs.

San Jose is joining into the now six-year old "Operation Community Shield" aimed at reducing gang violence.  Police say there have already been 14 gang-related homicides in San Jose this year.

The homeland security experts are part of ICE, the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement branch of homeland security.  Still city officials insist the federal officers will only be focused on street gangs and will not conduct deportations of undocumented immigrants.

"This partnership shows our collective resolve to attack and dismantle criminal street gangs that are operating in this community," San Jose police chief Chris Moore said in a written statement.  Mayor Chuck Reed says San Jose is grateful for the help in reducing crimes related to gangs.

The federal government is paying for this partnership.  It won't cost the city anything, the mayor and police chief insist.

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