The Department of Public Safety and local law enforcement recently announced the creation of a temporary, multi-jurisdictional law enforcement unit specifically to combat gang violence in the Twin Cities this summer. This new unit temporarily replaces the suspended operations of the Metro Gang Strike Force until a review panel and the FBI complete investigations.
The Metro Gant Strike Force’s daily operations were suspended on May 27th following the Legislative Auditor’s report. The report concluded that the strike force’s internal controls were not adequate to safeguard seized and forfeited property. In addition, some officers from the strike force allegedly shredded documents prior to the review.
Gang activities during the summer months usually escalate in the Twin Cities, as a result a temporary gang unit needed to be implemented. This temporary gang unit will meet the needs of local law enforcement, comply with all the Legislative Auditor’s recommendations and implement the correct evidence handling procedures. The unit will be made up of eight to ten investigators at the minimum from local law enforcement agencies across the metro area. The unit will have a strict governance and supervisory structure.
Until a reorganization of the Metro Gang Strike Force is completed, the temporary unit will continue to work within the community to combat gang violence.