The LAPD Northeast Division has redeployed its gang unit with a new crew of officers. The Gang Impact Team at Northeast was disbanded last March after many of the officers refused to fill out and sign a financial disclosure statement. After the team was disbanded, the Northeast Division, which patrols an area that includes Echo Park and Silver Lake as well as Eagle Rock and Highland Park, relied on former gang officers to deal with gang-related crime, according to Capt. Bill Murphy.
The newly organized unit headed Lt. Ed Prokop consists of two sergeants and 14 officers, the Northeast Division announced late last month on its Facebook page. All the new members of the gang unit, which requires its members to have at least three years of patrol experience, have signed the financial disclosure form, Murhpy said. About half of the gang unit officers come from other divisions or areas.
We “will be very effective in combating gang related crime,” Murphy said in an email. “We are still number one in the City in violent crime reduction.”