After more than 20 years of having a plainclothes unit, the Bradenton, Fl., Police Department is sending its officers out in uniform, the Bradenton Herald reports. Over the years, the unit has changed names each time its mission shifted. Recently, the group was called the Casual Clothes Unit and its mission was to help combat burglaries and motor-vehicle thefts in the city. The unit was made up of four officers and one sergeant. With burglaries and larcenies on the rise this year, Police Chief Michael Radzilowski made the decision to disband the unit.
“It didn’t appear to me as they were having success,” Radzilowski said. “So we put them back in uniform so we are going to attack burglaries and larcenies with prevention by increasing our uniform presence.” In the past, the unit has been called the Crime Reduction Team and Safe Streets. “We did it up in D.C. and it worked, but it didn’t work here,” said Radzilowski, a 30-year veteran of the Washington, D.C., police department. The chief said he thinks residents will appreciate the increase in uniformed officers on the street.