- Associated Press - Friday, May 1, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Department of Public Safety is trying to zero in on repeat offenders by creating a career-criminal squad.

DPS Director Frank Milstead created a similar squad during his tenure as Mesa’s police chief.

The DPS’ multi-agency statewide squad could be operational in June.

It will see help from the Phoenix Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to track down serious repeat offenders.

DPS officials say they intend to look for career criminals who are affiliated with prison gangs, white supremacy groups and street gangs.

According to DPS, the detectives and supervisors that will be part of the squad are hand-picked and have experience apprehending career criminals.


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