The Temecula Police Department has a newly formed Gang Detail as part of its Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Team. The members of this team have specialized training in the identification of gang members, gang graffiti, gang tattoos, and criminal behavior used in furtherance of gang activity.
These officers are also trained in identifying what information to document relative to obtaining criminal penalty enhancements against those who involve themselves in criminal acts to encourage, enhance or support the furtherance of any criminal street gang. The gang detail has already been successful in identifying local youth associating with or involving themselves as gang members. They have also learned the monikers these individuals identify themselves with on the street. This, in turn, assists them with locating these persons if they become a subject of interest in any law enforcement matter.
A goal of the gang detail to limit the development of gangs within the city of Temecula. Law enforcement actively pursues any and all persons involved or associated with gangs and quickly makes every effort to dismantle any group participating in criminal activity. The current team of officers recently coordinated efforts with investigators and arrested 8 members of a criminal street gang out of San Diego who had come to Temecula to branch out their criminal activity. They were not highly successful here and were quickly apprehended and jailed.