SAVANNAH, GA (November 1, 2015): Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Violent Crimes Task Force made 19 felony arrests and 34 misdemeanor arrests in a six-day operation ending Saturday night that focused on local crime prevention through removal of violent offenders, drugs and illegal weapons.

The Violent Crimes Task Force was deployed from Oct. 26-31. SCMPD 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 Regional Intelligence Center (SARIC), precinct investigators, Aviation, K-9, Traffic, patrol officers and the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team.

Collaborative crime reduction efforts by participating agencies resulted in the following 19 felony arrests:

4 – Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon
4 – Felony Warrants
1 – Altered Serial Number on a Firearm
1 – Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute
1 – Possession of a Firearm by 1st Offender
2 – Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime
1 – Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute
1 – Criminal Attempt (Rape)
1 – Possession of Cocaine
1 – Fleeing to Elude
1 – Theft by Taking (Auto)
1 – Possession of Dangerous Drugs (Prescription)

There also were 34 misdemeanor arrests, 104 traffic citations, 48 field interviews, and 11 firearm seizures (two were stolen).