Santa Rosa police chief plans to tackle ‘rising’ gang violence. Here is his plan, and what he’s seeing on the streets

30 June 2023

There have been five homicides, four of which police say were gang-related, in Santa Rosa since Jan. 1. The Santa Rosa Police Department is now feeling the pressure to act.

After two Santa Rosa kids were shot and killed in separate acts of gang violence in a recent eight-day span, Police Chief John Cregan redoubled his calls for the return of his department’s Gang Crimes Team, a division disbanded in 2019 over staffing issues.

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