SAVANNAH, GA (October 12, 2015): Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Violent Crimes Task Force made 41 felony arrests and 49 misdemeanor arrests in a 10-day operation ending Saturday that focused on local crime prevention through removal of violent offenders, drugs and illegal weapons.
The Violent Crimes Task Force was activated and deployed from Oct. 1 through Oct. 10. Metro partnered with Georgia State Patrol, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the FBI Task Force the Chatham County District Attorney’s Office and the US Attorney’s Office. 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 (SIP), its Undercover Narcotics Investigation Team (U.N.I.T.), the Savannah Area Reginal Intelligence Center (SARIC), precinct investigators, Aviation, K-9, Traffic and patrol officers and Chatham County’s Counter Narcotics Team.
Collaborative crime reduction efforts by participating agencies resulted in the following felony arrests:
10 – Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon
2 – Theft by Receiving Stolen Firearm
9 -Felony Warrants
2 – Theft by Receiving Stolen Auto
1 – Entering Auto
3 – Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute
3 – Possession of Prescription Pills (Dangerous Drugs)
3 – Possession of Cocaine
4 – Fleeing to Elude
2 – Aggravated Assault
1 – Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute
1 – Trafficking Cocaine
There also were 49 misdemeanor arrests, 131 traffic citations, 153 field interviews, two stolen vehicle recoveries and 25 firearm seizures.
“The officers volunteer to work on this task force,” said Lt. Ashley Brown, Violent Crimes Task Force Commander. “Its success validates the high level of drive and determination by our officers to make this community safer for us all.”
This is the seventh time the task force has been deployed since fall 2014. Prior to this operation, the task force yielded 144 felony arrests, 157 misdemeanor arrests, 541 traffic citations, 906 field interviews, eight stolen vehicle recoveries and 63 seized firearms. Eight of those firearms were reported stolen.