The Benton County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) and the Corvallis Police Department (CPD) are partners in a Street Crimes Unit that focuses on street crime investigations. Established in 2005, two BCSO detectives and two CPD detectives work together to address a number of specific crimes that occur throughout Benton County. The detectives are supervised by their respective agencies, but work collaboratively.
The goal of the Street Crimes Unit is to:
- reduce street level drug sales and possession
- reduce the number of street assaults and person crimes
- reduce the number of thefts from vehicles
- reduce the incidents of thefts
- reduce the impact of vandalism on the community
- educate the community on crime prevention and drug-related offenses
- reduce the impact of street crime call-load on regular patrol and detective units
- enhance community livability and overall community safety
The Street Crimes Unit uses crime analysis and intelligence gathering to identify patterns, trends, modus operandi, and suspects. They conduct initial or follow-up investigations of street-level crimes and use actionable intelligence to conduct surveillance operations to apprehend targeted violators.