By Lt. Mike Tuntakit, AA/Public Information Officer
Avenal State Prison
The Crisis Response Team (CRT) from Avenal State Prison and Pleasant Valley State Prison recently joined forces with other law enforcement agencies to crack down on gang activity and spread some goodwill in the community.
The team has been working with the Multi Agency Gang Enforcement Consortium (MAGEC), a network of participating agencies. The group comprises the Fresno Police Department; CRT; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Fresno County Sheriff’s Office; CHP and CDCR Division of Adult Parole Operations, as well as the Fresno District Attorney’s Office.
This multi-agency and multi-level approach to combat gang crime is the most comprehensive and effective method in existence, according to those with MAGEC.
The reduction of gang crime is evident throughout Fresno County. The MAGEC mission is eradicating criminal gang activity.
It was supported by a four-pronged approach, consisting of prosecution, enforcement, education and prevention.
As anticipated, there were gang arrests, illegal firearms seized and drugs taken off the streets as the MAGEC team swept through the cities.
One of the significant differences observed with this operation was how many more of the community members are showing their appreciation for the group’s efforts.
During several of the stops, local community members would come out and give thanks for making it safer for their kids to play outside.
Team members from ASP/PVSP played with some of the neighborhood children and helped hand out “Sheriff’s deputy” stickers.