Muskogee Special Investigations Unit Street Crews take steps to lower crime

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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 5/06/2013 9:22 am Published: 5/03/2013 9:33 pm

Crime and drug busts can rise as the warmer weather approaches.

A division of the Muskogee Police Special Investigations Unit is taking preventative steps to try to keep crime numbers from rising.

The Muskogee Police Special Investigations Unit is currently comprised of four investigators and two street team members. The street team was formed in January 2012. Lieutenant for the Muskogee Police Special Investigations Unit, Andy Simmons, says the street crew is not assigned to a specific location so it allows them to go wherever they are needed.

“Drug activity is constantly ongoing so we try to get out there and prevent what we can,” said Lt. Simmons.

Simmons says the unit's job is to focus on finding narcotics, people committing violent crimes, finding illegal firearms and warrants.

FOX23 reporter, Brittany Jeffers, rode along with the street team on Friday to see what the officers are looking for on the job.

“We are looking for anything that doesn’t seem right,” said Lt. Simmons.

SIU Officer, Danny Dupont, tells FOX23 the officers can spend hours on an investigation or just looking for anything that might seem out of the ordinary.

“We go out and split up and see if something is happening,” said Dupont.

During the ride along, officers spotted a person parked illegally which turned into something more serious.

“Somebody had a felony warrant and was arrested for that warrant,” said Lt. Simmons.

Officer Dupont says that the public is helpful in providing information to the officers through anonymous tips and calls.

Lt. Simmons says that their man objective is to better serve the public.

“Our main goal is to try to make people feel safe here in Muskogee,” said Simmons.

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Mayor Maynot - 5/4/2013 5:30 PM
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Make people feel safe in Muskogee? I thought Merle already did that fer ya!!!

Unwashed Mass - 5/4/2013 12:43 AM
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Just about any special "drug crime unit" has to meet arrest quotas to justify their budget and manpower, and that invariably leads to abuses and corruption. Chances are, we will be hearing more about them.
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