The Street Gang Unit consists of 10 teams of uniformed officers and criminal investigators divided into three functions: Gang Suppression Teams, Graffiti Strike Force and Gang Investigations. The Gang Suppression Teams work 7 days a week citywide patrolling areas where gang crime is most prevelent. The Graffiti Strike Force focuses on emerging tagger groups that transition into criminal street gangs. Investigators in the Gang Unit focus on felony gang crimes committed by gang members and conduct extensive investigations into cases that ultimately remove the most violent gang offenders from our streets.
The collective mission of the Street Gang Unit is to reduce gang related crimes and active gang membership in the City of San Diego. This is accomplished through vigorous prosecution of gang members involved in criminal activity by use of covert surveillance and special operations, proactive field contacts and arrests of gang members. These strategies reduce gang related criminal activity in our communities and enhances the feeling of safer neighborhoods for the residents of San Diego.
The Street Gang Unit can be reached at (619) 531-2847 or through the San Diego Police Department Watch Commander after normal office hours (1700-0700).