SAVANNAH, GA (August 29, 2013): Metro Patrol officers and representatives from eight other agencies arrested 34 suspects for various charges and an additional 14 sex offenders during a two-day sweep of prolific offenders Tuesday and Wednesday.
The sweep is called P.R.O.P.S. (Police, Probation and Parole Responders of Public Safety). Dozens of officers from participating agencies targeted residences and locations associated with sex offenders, probationers and parolees (juvenile and adult), and individuals with outstanding warrants from SCMPD and the Chatham County Sherriff’s Office.
Arrested were 34 individuals wanted on outstanding criminal warrants and 14 convicted sex offenders who were not abiding by the terms of their release. The operations also performed 410 compliance checks on probationers and paroles to assure they were abiding by the terms of their release.
The compliance checks were performed on both juvenile and adult offenders.
Included were officers from Savannah Impact (SIP), Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department, Chatham County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole, Georgia Department of Corrections Probation Division, Chatham County Juvenile Court, Chatham County District Attorney’s Office, the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice, Savannah State University Police Department and the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team (CNT.)
Police Chief Willie Lovett commissioned the operation under the direction of Patrol Major James Barnwell and Savannah Impact Program (SIP) Director Terry Enoch.
“The event was successful because it’s the first time nine agencies came together for a common cause of addressing issues concerning probationers and parolees and holding them accountable for their actions in our community,” says Major James Barnwell of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department.