SAVANNAH, GA (October 2, 2015): The Violent Crimes Task Force, led by Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department and supported by law enforcement agencies throughout the area, was deployed Thursday night to address area crime. In its latest operation the task force successfully made multiple felony and misdemeanor arrests and removed illegal drugs and weapons from the streets.

Metro partnered with Georgia State Patrol, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the FBI Task Force and the US Attorney’s Office with a mutual goal of preventing and reducing crime by removing violent offenders and illegal weapons from the community. Members of the task force reconvene periodically to identify and conduct targeted patrols of the jurisdiction’s most active areas to deter and remove high-risk individuals and situations that could endanger the public.

Resources also were provided by Metro’s Savannah Impact Program, its Undercover Narcotics Investigation Team, the Savannah Area Reginal Intelligence Center, precinct investigators, Aviation, K-9, Traffic and patrol officers and Chatham County’s Counter Narcotics Team.

Collective efforts by participating agencies to reduce crime throughout the jurisdiction resulted in five felony arrests including, three for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, one for theft by receiving stolen auto and a felony warrant for party to the crime of robbery. There were 13 misdemeanor arrests, 22 traffic citations, 24 field interviews, eight ceased firearms and one stolen vehicle recovery. The task force also confiscated marijuana and cocaine.

“The officers on this task force are always enthusiastic and hard working,” said Lt. Ashley Brown, Violent Crimes Task Force Commander. “That’s what makes it a success.”

This is the sixth time the task force has been deployed since fall 2014. Prior to Thursday night’s operation, the task force yielded 103 felony arrests, 108 misdemeanor arrests, 410 traffic citations, 753 field interviews, six stolen vehicle recoveries and 38 seized firearms. Eight of those firearms were reported stolen.