Gang violence prosecution units receiving funds under this chapter are encouraged to concentrate enhanced prosecution efforts and resources upon cases identified under the suggested criteria set forth in Section 13826.3. Enhanced prosecution efforts may include, but not be limited to:
(a) "Vertical" prosecutorial representation, whereby the prosecutor who makes the initial filing or appearance in a gang-related case will perform all subsequent court appearances on that particular case through its conclusion, including the sentencing phase.
(b) Assignment of highly qualified investigators and prosecutors to gang-related cases.
(c) Significant reduction of caseloads for investigators and prosecutors assigned to gang-related cases.
(d) Measures taken in coordination with law enforcement agencies to protect cooperating witnesses from intimidation or retribution at the hands of gang members or associates.
(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 43, Sec. 69.)