Warren police say crime sweep getting results

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published June 12, 2013


WARREN — Special Operations personnel and patrol officers of the Warren Police Department made 115 arrests between late April and late May in a targeted area from Eight Mile to Stephens between Hoover and Groesbeck, Mayor Jim Fouts announced June 5.

Fouts said the department, under the direction of Police Commissioner Jere Green, issued a total of 595 tickets — 314 moving violations, a parental responsibility violation, one juvenile ticket and 270 miscellaneous citations — between April 29 and May 31.

He said the effort is the second crime sweep focusing on targeted areas. The first sweep snared traffic offenders and various others for minor infractions that could lead to more serious criminal activity in the area around the Van Dyke corridor last year.

“The police targeted high crime neighborhoods, and residents tell me they feel safer as a result of these anti-crime initiatives that reinforce my goals of a safer city,” Fouts said in prepared remarks released through his office.

Schools, parks and other public places reportedly saw stepped-up police patrols as part of the latest sweep.

“It’s true that we put this blitz on in these areas. It’s been very successful,” Green said last week. “The areas that were targeted were targeted based on our assessment as to what the need was.”

Green said the increased effort in south Warren didn’t pull resources from elsewhere in the city. Rather, flexible resources typically allocated for “directed patrol” were assigned to the targeted area during the crackdown.

“You put the cops where the bad guys are at,” Green said. “That’s not to say we’re depleting coverage in any other area of the city.

“The people who live in these neighborhoods deserve a tranquil environment, and this seems to be a successful way of accomplishing that goal,” Green said.