LAWRENCEVILLE - Police are issuing the following sentiment to robbers across Gwinnett County: Stop, or you will be hunted.
The Gwinnett County Police Department has formed a robbery task force that's structured to combat a recent spike in the violent crime.
Effective Wednesday evening, the task force is comprised of several officers picked from throughout the department with a primary focus on thwarting robberies across the board, police said.
The task force's objective is to deter, responded to and investigate robberies in Gwinnett, based on a recent analysis of commercial and residential heists. Police have used statistics to determine which areas in Gwinnett are robbery hotspots, said Gwinnett Police Department spokeswoman Cpl. Illana Spellman.
"Basically, the task force is statistically driven - whatever areas in the county show an increase in crimes, they'll be focusing on them," said Spellman. "If there are other criminal patterns that show up, even if it's not robbery, they'll be addressing those issues as well."
Spellman likened the task force to the department's Gang Task Force formed about a decade ago, she said.
The latter task force, which is still in operation, was a reaction to gang-related crime and graffiti, an ongoing problem today, Spellman said.
The robbery task force will continue so long as there is a criminally driven need for it, she said.
"This task force will go for an indefinite amount of time," Spellman said.