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New police team cuts crime in neighborhood

SALISBURY — The Street Crimes Unit of the Salisbury Police Department cut burglaries by more than half in a Salisbury neighborhood during a five-week operation, police said.
The new unit, dubbed “PIT Team” for Police Interdiction Team, staked out the Brooklyn South Square neighborhood from Dec. 21 through Jan. 29, acting on information about crime in the area. Police spoke to City Council this morning during a strategy planning session.
As a result of the operation, burglaries fell by 66 percent and disturbances decreased by 42 percent in Brooklyn South Square, compared to the same period last year, police said. Service of arrest warrants jumped by 850 percent.
Chief Rory Collins, Lt. Brian Stallings and Sgt. John Lanier discussed the effectiveness of the PIT Team since the special unit’s inception in March 2011. Collins said he would love to double the size of the unit, which includes three leaders and six police officers.
Read more in Saturday’s Post.
Contact reporter Emily Ford at 704-797-4264.

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