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SCMPD tackles crime with 2 strategies

Operation SEE: Cpl. Reginal Owens and Lt. Katrina Hughes walk neighborhood tom meet residents. (Source: SCMPD) (Source: SCMPD) Operation SEE: Cpl. Reginal Owens and Lt. Katrina Hughes walk neighborhood tom meet residents. (Source: SCMPD) (Source: SCMPD)
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Downtown Precinct officers are using two strategies to fight crime.

TOTAL FOCUS, was originally was designed to address problem areas in the precinct, but was expanded to all five precincts.

TOTAL FOCUS was used between 8 p.m. and 12 a.m. on Jan. 4-5 in an attempt to curb crime in trouble areas with intense patrolling and saturation. It involved more than 40 SCMPD officers from crime suppression units, state probation, canine, aviation and Neighborhood Task Force units according to SCMPD.

It resulted in 80 field interviews, 45 citations, 15 misdemeanor arrests, four felony arrests, three Public Housing Ban forms issued and the recovery of a weapon. There were no reports of violent crimes and few larcenies, according to police.

More TOTAL FOCUS operations are planned.

Downtown Precinct officers are also using Operation Saturate, Educate and Enforce to building relations with west Savannah residents. Downtown Shift Cmdr. Lt. Katrina Hughes spearheaded Operation SEE. It involves officers going door-to-door to talk to residents and encouraging them to take ownership of their neighborhoods, according to SCMPD.

"TOTAL FOCUS protects the residents and the rest of the jurisdiction by preventing crimes and taking criminals off the street. SEE builds the rapport with residents we need to identify these troubled areas, those who present the problems and identities of those who commit the crimes," he said in a statement.

During Operation SEE, more than 12 officers distributed information flyers, spoke with residents and told them to call police if they see suspicious activity.

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