The Seattle PI Rolls With the Anti-Crime Team

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee March 5, 2010

The PI's Casey McNerthney rode along with the Seattle Police Department's North Precinct Anti-Crime Team—an elite unit of ballbusters who track fugitives and stalk street criminals—late last year and lived to tell the tale:

About 7 p.m., Officer Pete Lazarou said he had lined up the informant, one who said he could arrange a drug buy in Ballard.

Lazarou is one of six officers on the North Precinct Anti-Crime Team, an elite group that tracks fugitives. Each of the five Seattle police precincts have an ACT -- and the teams have drawn both praise and criticism for their hands-on approach.

For three nights late last year, North Precinct ACT members allowed a reporter and photographer to ride with them as they tried to bust alleged drug dealers, an suspected attempted murderer and other violent criminals.

You can read the rest of McNerthney's story here.

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