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Last Weekend's Operation Safer Streets Initiative Netted 56 Arrests

9/9/2013

September 9, 2013
                                                
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

          
Last weekend’s Operation Safer Streets gang enforcement initiative, which took place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, resulted in 56 arrests involving 49 misdemeanors, three felonies and 26 outstanding warrants.  Seized were 3.5 grams of marijuana and one gun.
          
At least three times a week, officers and supervisors representing each of the seven precincts and the Specialized Investigations Division (SID) partner together to implement strategies to combat gang crime and activities in various areas of Nashville.
          
Friday’s enforcement consisted of two SID detectives, eight supervisors, 22 patrol officers and three canine officers.  Areas targeted were downtown Nashville and the Tennessee State Fairgrounds.
          
Saturday’s enforcement consisted of five SID detectives, four supervisors, 18 officers and one canine officer.  Areas targeted were East Thompson Lane, 12th and 14th Avenues South, Horton Avenue, Murfreesboro Pike, Linbar Drive, and Wedgewood Avenue.
         
Sunday’s enforcement consisted of seven SID detectives, three supervisors and four officers.  Areas targeted were Apache Trail, Rio Vista Drive, North Dupont Avenue, Harding Place, Old Hickory Boulevard, and McGavock Pike.
          
So far this year, Operation Safer Streets has resulted in 2,237 arrests on 93 felony charges and 2,100 misdemeanor charges, 19 gun seizures, the service of 654 outstanding warrants, 270 field interviews of persons believed to have gang knowledge and 10,556 vehicle stops in areas with a gang presence.         
           
                                                                   
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