Des Moines police will keep burglary squad

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines police say they plan to keep a pilot program that lets plain clothes officers focus on burglary investigations.

The Des Moines Police Department says four officers began carrying out the special duties five months ago after an increase of burglaries in the city.

The department says the burglary detail squad has made nearly 100 felony arrests for burglary, theft, forgery and wanted subjects. There have been more than 25 misdemeanor arrests.

The officers’ special duties include surveillance, investigative follow-ups or suspect apprehension. Officers are directed each day based on need, and overtime has been issued to help with shortages in officers working patrol watching.

Police say red light and speed camera violations helped pay for most of the overtime.

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