In early 2009, the Gang Unit was formed to target high crime and gang infested areas with focused patrol efforts. Working closely with the FDLE, the unit collects gang intelligence and works to arrest and prosecute the most violent and most active gang members . The unit also has worked closely with the ECSO School Resource Officers and the Escambia County School System prevent gang activity .
In April of 2010, an almost four month investigation by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Gang Unit and Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) culminated with charges being filed on eight known gang members and two gang associates. The individuals arrested are members of a criminal street gang known the “Garnet Circle Boys” a local street gang that primarily operates out of Brownsville.
The Gang Unit also recently confirmed that at least two national criminal street gangs are operating in Escambia County. That investigation is ongoing.
If you have any information on gang activity in Escambia County, contact Crime Stoppers at (850) 433-STOP or send a tip online at http://gulfcoastcrimestoppers.org