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Metro Crime Sweep a Success

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It's an operation that took months to plan, but Today was the culmination of a crime sweep that involved officers from not only Savannah, but the entire state. News three got the chance to ride along.

It's called "Operation PROPS" (Police, Probation and Parole Responders of Public Safety) and the goal is to make our area a safer place.

There was nowhere to run and nowhere to hide---officers went house by house looking for anyone who could pose a danger to our community. It's an operation Metro's Terry Enoch says requires all hands on deck.

"We have warrant teams out, we have agencies from Metro, the Chatham county Sheriff's Office and officers from all over Georgia."

Enoch says there are about five thousand felony probationers living in our community. Operation PROPS is about checking for compliance to make sure those who are high risk say on the right side of the law.

"Those that have the potential to go out and commit a crime, who have a criminal history, are more likely to get involved in criminal activity. Our goal is to go out and ensure they are not doing that."

It's an effort Enoch says not only builds bonds between law enforcement but also keeps our streets safe.

"It is crime prevention because we are out there letting those know who are out there on probation, that they need to be compliant. And those absconders, whether they are sex offenders or fugitives, they have outstanding warrants, we are letting them know that we will apprehend them and bring them into custody back into the criminal justice system."

Preliminary reports for the operation indicate that 26 wanted criminals were taken into custody, successful compliance screenings on 11 sex offenders, and 161probationers and parolees. Also, a significant amount of marijuana found growing at a residence during a single warrant service, resulted in the arrest of two additional adult residents.

We're told Metro will likely do another sweep, but will not tell us when because they like the element of surprise.

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