Cumberland Times-News

Editorials

March 24, 2013

It’s working

Operation Safe Streets is rounding up offenders

Not every great idea turns out to be a good

idea (because it might not work), but one that

actually is producing the desired effect is the

collaborative effort known as Operation Safe

Streets.

Initiated recently by area police, corrections

and governmental agencies, it identifies and targets

individuals who repeatedly commit crimes

and asks the public to help police find them.

Periodically, a list of suspects is released, and

their photos are posted

(when available) at

the Times-News

website, www.timesnews.

com.

It has been very

successful. A recent

initiative resulted in

36 adult arrests and

the serving of 44 arrest warrants. The suspects

were wanted for offenses ranging from drug distribution

to robbery, domestic assault and failure

to appear in court.

One goal of the program is “nuisance abatement.”

Getting repeat offenders out of circulation

certainly works to that effect.

Among other things, it also identifies and

tracks priority offenders, trains patrol officers in

safe streets strategies and emphasizes identification

of suspended and truant children and

enforcing the laws that deal with them.

The public is a vital part of this process, and

we encourage citizens to continue helping by

responding to the lists of Safe Streets suspects

that will be published from time to time with contact

information for the police agencies that on

the lookout for these suspects.

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