SOLEDAD, Calif. -- Keeping a close-eye on gangsters. That's what South Monterey County law enforcement did Friday night and Central Coast News was along for the ride.
Friday's operation comes just weeks after Greenfield ended it's agreement to share a Police Chief with Soledad.
While Soledad Police Chief Eric Sills may not be chief of Greenfield anymore he says the Cal Grip grant South Monterey County cities have means they are all still partners.
Sills said the sweep could have just stayed in Soledad but he said there's value in expanding resources throughout the region.
"Targeting potential gang members and associates, working with parole making sure they are in compliance and doing checks on them," said Sills.
That's the goal of these gang sweeps and Friday's was the 36th sweep. While it usually consists of checking in on known gang members at their homes, Friday's was all about patrolling. Pulling over cars, or talking to people walking on sidewalks, the point was to suppress any violence that could be brewing.
"That subject sometimes either knows something or through interrogation proves we find that they are linked to something that's occurred," said Sills.
Sills is referring to recent violence in King City. He said that's where the operation is mainly concentrating.
"We're all partners in this grant and so we need to share the resources, share our services in all four cities," said Sills.
Sills said while the agreement for him to be chief for Greenfield and Soledad ended, the importance shared services plays in South County is still present.
"The topic of shared services is still alive and well, its happening tonight and it shows the value of doing it, and the efficiencies in what you bring to the table for cop savings," said Sills.
35 officers, from all four cities and state agencies were out Friday night, patrolling the streets for at least six hours. Sills, who was Regional Commander for the operation, said while he may not be chief of Greenfield anymore, whenever he can, he will use all the resources to the region's advantage.
"When you have those kinds of numbers there is value in sending those to all four cities," said Sills.
Friday a total of four arrests were made. Those range from parole violations to possession of a controlled substance.
King City does not have any known suspects for recent shootings there, but officers hope that after tonight's sweep, they get a step closer to making an arrest.
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