Cape PD to form new team to help fight crime

(Source: MGN Online)
(Source: MGN Online)

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - A group of officers from within the Cape Girardeau Police Department will form the "Direct Results Team" or DRT.
According to Interim Chief of Police Roger Fields, the group will proactively resolve criminal activity, community issues and concerns.

"The primary purpose of the team is to identify perpetrators as quickly as possibly and deal with them accordingly, for many times a single individual or group may be responsible for a multitude of crimes," said Fields.

The officers may work together as a group, or individually depending on their assignments.

They may, for example, follow-up on a series of burglaries from the night before or address complaints about park curfew violations.

According to the Cape Girardeau Police Department, officers there respond to more than 50,000 calls for service every year.

Fields says often times officers spend most of their time obligated to calls for service with little to no time to follow-up on calls immediately.

The DRT is expected to begin its duties this Saturday.

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