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It's been a busy few days for Erie's new police saturation unit. It hit the streets, on Friday.
Monday, 12News rode along, to get a first hand look at how it's going. CLICK FOR VIDEO
It was a busy afternoon Monday, for the new saturation unit, and 12News got a close look at what they're doing out on the streets of Erie.
Monday afternoon, we rode along with Corporal Rick Lorah. He's a supervisor with the new saturation unit.
Moments after we left City Hall, the unit got called to check out a complaint of gambling, and a group of men loitering in the 300 block of East 24th street.
When they got there, they searched the men and broke up their gathering.
Police arrested one man for disorderly conduct.
An officer searched around the house, and found a bag of suspected crack coc aine.
Charges in this case are pending.
Just a bit later, in the 900 block of Wallace street, the saturation unit approached a group of men sitting on a porch.
While searching one of the men, Corporal Lorah found money, crack coc aine, and and a knife.
They were about to arrest him, when he took off running.
After a foot pursuit, the suspect got away. But police say they believe they know who the suspect is.
Meantime, since this unit hit the streets on Friday, they've made more than a dozen arrests, and handed out several citations.
It's a 7-officer unit, made up of more experienced officers on the force.
So far, it appears to be working. As they've been able to crack down on specific crime issues in the neighborhoods.
And while riding along, we heard many citizens compliment and thank the officers of the saturation unit. Corporal Lorah says they're hearing that a lot as well.
"For the most part, it's pretty positive. A lot of residents are happy that we're there. Because for the most part a majority of the people are good people. There's a small element right now that's causing the problems. And that's why we're here, to remove that bad element from the area." Said Cpl. Lorah.
This new unit's shift is Noon to 8:30.
Erie's Police Chief says he formed the unit to work cooperation with the the NAT team, and city residents.