IACP Midsize Agencies Division General Chair, Chief Ed Walsh from the Taunton, Massachusetts, Police Department led a discussion with officers from the Burbank, California, Police Department on Developing Specialized Hybrid Units.
Whether from budget cuts or staffing shortages, many agencies have had to rethink their approach to specialized units. The Burbank Police Department, CA used a matrix approach to draw on available time from existing staff across the department to create a hybrid gang unit. This cost neutral approach has been successful in re-establishing and maintaining positive community-police relations while reducing gang related offenses. Their example is scalable to any agency with similar challenges. During the webinar, Burbank Police Department leaders will share their approach, management of this hybrid unit, and lessons learned.
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