LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – A squad formed by the Little Rock Police Department in February has become what they call a success for the city.
LRPD's Violent Crimes Apprehension Team has taken hundreds of criminals off the streets in Little Rock in an effort to keep crime down.
"They show a lot of initiative and they work well together,” Lt. Michael Ford said.
The VCAT squad has only been around for 10 months, but Ford says the squad has already helped fight crime in the city.
"They go out there and try to find our violent offenders to try and pick up our warrants,” Ford said. "We were getting a lot of shots fired call at the beginning of the year. Those numbers have went down drastically. In areas where we were getting a lot of calls of people doing criminal activity, those areas have went down also."
Wednesday night the VCAT squad arrested the suspects in a string of serial hotel robberies in Little Rock when members of the team were able to identify a vehicle based off a description from robbery detectives.
"They saw the vehicle as they were patrolling the area off of colonel Glenn and made contact with the individuals and ended up taking them into custody where our robbery detectives interviewed them and subsequently we got them to confess,” Ford said.
Ford said Wednesday night is just one example of how successful the team has proven to be for Little Rock.
"They also made some other arrests last night where they ended up having 38 felony charges and getting six guns off the streets,” he said.
The VCAT squad is made up of 11 handpicked individuals maintained by two sergeants and a lieutenant.
According to Ford, VCAT will remain a permanent part of the department.