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Jan 4, 2021

Exit GSU, Enter GI3! But Are They One and the Same?

The Gang Suppression Unit has been dissolved and so too has the Anti-Gang Task Force.  In their place is a new component of law enforcement that will specialize in hunting down and prosecuting underworld figures involved in organized crime, including gang activity.  The G.I.3, as the elite group will now be known, will focus on intelligence and information gathering.  It will also investigate those individuals before indicting them.  According to Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, the modus operandi of the G.I.3 is a departure from the brute force that was associated with its precursor.

 

Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“We had the disbandment of two units which is the Gang Suppression Unit and the Anti-Gang Taskforce.  Subsequent to that, we created one unit which encompasses both of those units which is the GI3, which stands for Gang Intelligence, Investigation and Interdiction Unit and that unit will be tasked primarily with ensuring that the gangs across the city and even those across the country are investigated from an intelligence standpoint.  But in the new unit, we have an intelligence cell, we have an investigative arm and an operational arm.  And so, the intelligence cell goes out and gathers the intelligence on these gangs, the investigative cell investigates the gang with a view to ensure that we charge gang members for the gang-related offences under the Crime Control and Criminal Justice Act.  And the interdiction or the operation arm is out there in the face of the gangs on a daily basis ensuring that they do not get the opportunity to commit the crime that they may wish to commit.  So I want the public to be assured that, because I have seen where people are complaining about why disband the GSU at this time and this, that, that, that.  That while this GSU has been disbanded there is still a unit out there that is going to be doing the same work that the GSU has been doing but from a more professional level and from a more targeted level, to ensure that when we go after these gang members that they are gang members and with a view to ensure that we don’t only go after them but we gather intelligence and evidence on them that we can charge and send them to prison.”


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