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County Commission discusses Operation Ceasefire

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

For weeks law enforcement leaders in Savannah have been introducing the concept of Operation Ceasefire to the likes of neighborhood associations and other local police departments.

The Chatham County Commission got to hear testimonials of the program's success, ceasefire details from Chatham district attorney Meg Heap, Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Chief Jack Lumpkin and SCAD Director of Security John Buckovich on Thursday.

Several voiced their support, acknowledging the effort to end violent crime must come from a united city, county front.

"If we read all of the literature, it's a community issue, crime is,” said Lumpkin. “We do the heavy lifting as police officers, but crime is a community issue."

Lumpkin added success begins by reaching the youth. But some in the commission, specifically Chairman Al Scott, want to hear more details about Operation Ceasefire.

"You just can't implement this program that requires constant vigilance in policing over a long period of time," Scott said.

Scott's concern boils down to tax payer expense.

"It could be at the expense of the city and the county,” Scott said. “Certainly of the police department, and we fund them."

Heap has said before, the plan is to apply for federal grants so in the coming years the program won't cost taxpayers anything. Community proponents of Operation Ceasefire have expressed to us that the price of the program will be overshadowed by its results in the end.

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