Crisis Response Team, ISU-Gang Task Force help other agencies combat gangs
By Lt. Mike Tuntakit, AA/Public Information Officer
Avenal State Prison
On Saturday May 16, Avenal state prison’s (ASP) Crisis Response Team and Investigative Services Unit-Gang Task Force teamed up with the Parlier Police Department and law enforcement from Orange Cove, Selma, Sanger, Firebaugh and Coalinga for a gang sweep in the City of Parlier.
On May 3, just a day after Parlier PD’s previous gang sweep, investigators said three 18-year-old men were shot at Veterans Park, allegedly by gang members.
Sandra Ching said her nephew, Jacob Padilla, was one of the victims who suffered non-life threatening wounds from the shooting. Investigators said the three victims are not in a gang and were simply at the park to exercise.
The suspects in the Veterans Park shooting are still on the loose, and so are those responsible for shooting 16-year-old Brianna Ramirez in the eye.
“That’s why we have even more agencies participating in this operation today,” said David Cerda, Parlier’s Chief of Police.
Cerda said it’s going to be a collaborative effort to help wipe the Nortenos and Bulldog gang members off his streets.
Many of the gang arrests made on Saturday were for various probation violations, such as being in possession of drugs and weapons.
The Mayor of Parlier, Alma Beltran called ASP thanking them for their support of their operations. ASP’s ISU- Gang Task Force utilized their vast knowledge of gangs along with the Crisis Response Team’s tactical support who were both very instrumental in safely removing violators off the streets.
Avenal State Prison Warden Carl Wofford said he is not only dedicated to have one of the best rehabilitative and programming institutions in the state, he is also dedicated to assisting local law enforcement agencies eradicate parole violators from the streets, keeping the public safe.