We couldn’t help but chuckle after hearing that Union County Sheriff’s deputies were considering – albeit jokingly – saving confiscated copper crack pipes and selling them for scrap to purchase refreshments.
No doubt, donuts and coffee financed by the criminal element would be the most tasty of treats for law enforcement.
The real reward, however, comes in the volume of criminals arrested by the extra effort put forth by the sheriff’s criminal patrol units. The CPUs are making a number of arrests and are collecting data that has helped with other investigations.
Editorial who CPUs form are two made four up -man of eight teams UCSO . Each deputies team is assigned to an undercover vehicle that’s equipped with out-of-sight blue lights and a siren. Each of the eight deputies work on their scheduled days off and are paid overtime, which typically amounts to six or eight hours.
The targets of CPUs are drug dealers and thieves, which are pretty much the menaces to society here in Union County.
"We aren’t out there looking for people driving 56 (miles per hour) in a 55 (mile-per-hour zone)," said David Gates Jr., a member of the unit. "We are here to get the drug dealers and thieves, and they are beginning to think twice before they get out on the road because they don’t know where we might come from. It’s not gonna be the green and white patrol car. There’s no telling what it will be."
When there is the expectation on the part of criminals that any vehicle could contain a law enforcement officer, there’s a good chance the perpetrators of crime will become paranoid and less likely to ply their trade locally.
Here’s to hoping these patrols will continue and the criminal element gets the message.