GRANT COUNTY, Wash. -- The addition of a gang unit in Grant County has made a serious dent in a wide variety of crime. It's been a little over a year, and the impact has been huge.
Total weapons calls are down by more than 60 percent since the gang until formed. Gang related murders are also down from four in 2011, to just one so far for this year. Assaults with a gun have dropped substantially with just four so far into 2012.
Neighbors told KREM 2 it boils down to an increased police presence.
"I feel safer," said Johnny Parton. "There's a lot of police patrol around. Every time I'm driving around, there's a cop. They're just cracking down on a lot of people."
There are six officers in the gang unit. They come from different city agencies within the county. They bring on more officers for emphasis patrols or any targeted efforts.
The head of the gang unit is based out of Quincy, but they focus on the communities hit the hardest by gang members when they're on patrol.