May 2, 2004

Gang Suppression and Enforcement


Details: In the past two weeks, gang activity in the city of Lodi has increased rapidly, resulting in several shooting and stabbing incidents.  Fortunately, no one has died from these randomly vicious attacks.


This past weekend, the Lodi Police Department responded by assigning teams of officers to conduct gang-suppression patrols in the neighborhoods that are wrought with gang related violence.


Officers in uniform operating in marked patrol cars, and detectives in unmarked cars, scoured the neighborhoods.  As a result, five gang members were arrested in various locations along Central Avenue.  Charges would range from simple warrant arrests, to concealed weapons arrests, to illegal drug possession arrests.  About forty individuals were identified as gang members in this operation.


Most of the arrests occurred early in Friday evening, and because of the ease of telephone and pager communication, the streets were clear of roaming gang members by 11 PM due to the gangsters passing the word that massive and strict enforcement was being conducted.  On Saturday night members of the Lodi Police departmentís Special Investigation Unit were out along with a probation officer continuing the enforcement. They contacted and identified 18 subjects cited three and towed two vehicles.  As it is common on the second day of gang enforcement, gang activity decreased dramatically. 


Patrols will continue to be alert for gang activity.  Those with information about gang activity in their neighborhood may report such activity by calling the Lodi Police Department at 333-6727.

Contact:  Cpl. Fernando Martinez at (209) 333-6728 or