Colorado Springs Police Disbanding Gang Unit Because Of ‘Staffing Shortage’

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – There’s a big change for police in Colorado Springs. The department is disbanding their gang unit because of what they’re calling a “critical” staffing shortage.

Dozens of officers are being reassigned to street patrol — an area has been hit hard by resignations and retirements.

“Any police department has to focus on their patrol division and answering calls to service, so that’s the main focus, and unfortunately there are some things that I’m willing to take a step back from,” Police Chief Pete Carey said.

Police are also removing the traffic citation quota for their officers.

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