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
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
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.