Police pull 28 handguns, 4 rifles off Pontiac streets

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office says it removed 28 handguns and four rifles from the streets of Pontiac during May and June through targeted patrols aimed at high crime areas in the city.
The sheriff’s office in a news release Wednesday called the effort  a success after recently adding a second “Directed Patrol Unit” team in Pontiac. The units have been able to increase the capacity of getting firearms out of Pontiac neighborhoods and arresting violent criminals, the release said.
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The sheriff’s office, which polices Pontiac under a contract with the city, said the two DCU teams are targeting hot spots and areas of high crime. One team includes a sergeant and four deputies, with the other being a sergeant and three deputies.
“While these teams are small in numbers, the work and effort they put in to target the most violent criminals in the City of Pontiac is to be commended,” said Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard in the news release. “I applaud the Mayor and the Pontiac City Council for making the investment into a second team and clearly, the results speak for themselves.”
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