SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — In response to a recent spate of four homicides, San Jose police were deploying extra units of special operations and gang suppression officers this weekend, a department spokesman said.
The Police Department’s METRO unit will add 12 extra officers to its 17 officers on duty Friday and Saturday and 24 METRO officers will be on patrol Sunday, police spokesman Sgt. Jason Dwyer said.READ MORE: San Jose Police: Smash-And-Grab Thieves Target Eastridge Mall Jewelry Store; 4 Suspects Sought
The department’s MERGE unit is sending 12 officers out on patrol Friday, eight on Saturday and 10 on Sunday, Dwyer said.
Officers from the gang suppression detail, working overtime, are also being deployed this weekend to known gang hot spots in the city, Dwyer said.
In addition, regular patrol officers on assignment “have been directed to focus any free patrol time on known gang neighborhoods in their beats in an effort to provide a high level of visibility,” Dwyer said in a statement.