VIPER money played key role in massive gang sweep in Merced, officials say - Merced Sun

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Last week’s Operation Scrapbook went off without a hitch, but county officials say it wouldn’t have been possible without VIPER, a program signed into California’s budget by the governor.

The Violence Interruption/Prevention Emergency Response program recruited, hired and trained analysts, set up a facility and acquired equipment to begin its operation. The program became fully operational in mid-February and played a key role in putting dozens of Sureño gang members behind bars, officials say.