SAVANNAH, GA (December 7, 2015): The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Violent Crimes Task Force and the End Gun Violence: Step Forward law enforcement work team have made 47 arrests since November 24, 2015 in an effort to curtail recent gun violence in Savannah and Chatham County.

Since November 1, there have been 10 homicides in SCMPD’s jurisdiction: two were disputes between acquaintances, two were domestic homicides, one is being investigated as justifiable, one was drug-related, one was a robbery, one was an argument between strangers, one has an undetermined motive and the latest homicide at this time appears to have been accidental. A shooter has been identified and/or arrested in six of those instances.

“The SCMPD needs the community to continue to step forward and help us.” said Chief Joseph H. Lumpkin, Sr. “Our sworn officer staffing level is increasing, but it is not where it will be in the future. Even then police officers cannot be on every intersection of our great city. All police departments depend upon an appropriate partnership with its citizenry and visitors. Public safety is a shared responsibility between the police and our citizenry.

The recent domestic violence related homicides tell me we must have more citizen involvement. From previous experience, someone probably knew the danger our victims were in and / or the mindset of those that took their own lives after murdering our victims. Again, if you know of someone in a violent relationship speak up. If you know someone who is committing violent acts call 911 or CrimeStoppers.

The perpetrators of who have committed a majority of this gun violence are living in our neighborhoods. For your family’s well-being, convince your loved ones to stop engaging in risky behavior.”

The Violent Crimes Task Force wrapped their latest operation Saturday night. Over the course of five days officers made 23 felony arrests and 21 misdemeanor arrests. The task force is comprised of officers from several Metro Police units and other local, state and federal agencies.

Collaborative crime reduction efforts by participating agencies resulted in the following felony arrests:

1 – Armed Robbery
3 – Felony Warrants
5 – Possession of a Controlled Substance
3 – Fleeing to Elude
7 – Theft by Receiving Stolen Auto
2 – Possession of Dangerous Drugs
2 – Parole/Probation Violation

They also made 21 misdemeanor arrests, wrote 93 traffic citations, conducted 21 field interviews, seized five firearms, and recovered four stolen vehicles.

Additionally, on November 24, the End Gun Violence: Step Forward law enforcement work team targeted specific 5th Ward group members. This is a group with direct links to gun violence in Savannah. With the assistance of the Savannah Impact Program, the Undercover Narcotics Investigation Team, the Violent Crimes Task Force and the Department of Community Supervision (DCS), the team conducted Fourth Amendment waiver searches against individuals on probation or parole.

The work team simultaneously executed seven Fourth Amendment searches on probationers’ and parolees’ addresses of record. Their room and common areas of the residence were searched to locate contraband, firearms or anything that would violate their general or special condition of release.

As a result, Randy Adger was arrested on the 1300 block of E. 54th St. for possessing a .22 caliber rifle, one stolen laptop, one stolen tablet, and a stolen wallet with credit cards.

Sharmar Brown was arrested on the 1300 block of E. 59th St. for carrying a concealed weapon. He is on juvenile probation with Chatham Country Juvenile Court. He was transported to the Chatham County Detention Center.

Number of Searches 7
Number of Arrests 3
Number of Field Contacts 17
Number of Field Interviews 20
Number of Curfew Violations 2

The SCMPD will continue its intelligence-led policing efforts, which includes monitoring city surveillance cameras and social media. The Violent Crimes Task Force, in collaboration with the End Gun Violence: Step Forward work teams, reconvenes on an on-going basis to identify and conduct targeted patrols of the jurisdiction’s most active areas.  The goal is to deter and remove high-risk individuals and situations that could endanger the public.