Delta Police DART squad putting the bullseye on crooks

The DART, or Direct Action and Response Team, is a four-officer uniformed squad aimed at tackling emerging crime trends.

DELTA — DART aims to have criminals moaning DRAT.

The Delta Police Department has unleashed a dedicated crime-fighting squad onto the municipality’s streets.

The DART, or Direct Action and Response Team, is a four-officer uniformed squad aimed at tackling emerging crime trends.

“Their primary focus is on crime hotspots,” Sgt. Sarah Swallow said. “Anything we see a spike in.”

Team leader Sgt. Mo Parry and constables Chris Cottrill, Lindsay Hallman and Ryan Lovera will work flexible shifts, keeping an eye on chronic offenders and “proactively targeting increases in crime through creative problem solving and direct targeting of identified activities and criminal individuals.”

DART started work on Wednesday.

Parry noted that officers on patrol traditionally respond to all calls for help with traffic usually their main focus “with trends and hotspots as a secondary function of their work when time allows.”

The DART project, he noted, will see the squad “effectively problem solve and target any such activities or hotspots the moment they become apparent.”

tomzytaruk@thenownewspaper.com

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