The Police Department's experimental task force, known as Swat HYPES, has been "highly successful" in slowing the city's crime rate and has resulted in about 1,000 arrests since its inception last October, according to an interim report by the Police Department.
Police Chief Raymond C. Davis said last week that the 28-man Swat HYPES (an acronym for High Yield Police Enforcement Services) program reversed what had been an increasing crime rate in the final three months of 1984.
Before the beefed-up undercover and street enforcement efforts, the crime rate was running about 7.5% above the previous year's, Davis said. But the program's deterrent effect resulted in the final 1985 crime rate being only 1.29% above 1984's rate, he said.
Davis said that beginning in April, at the end of six months of operation, he will seek City Council approval to scale back the program to about 50% of its current staffing. If the program is renewed for the balance of the calendar year, Davis predicted, the crime rate for 1986 will decrease in comparison to the 1985 rate.