SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Violent Crimes Task Force is cleaning up the streets of Savannah.
Monday, they announced nearly two-dozen felony arrests. This latest operation spanned a four-day period with targeted patrols of the jurisdiction's most active areas.
Each time the Violent Crimes Task Force heads out in to the community, their goal is to pull drugs, violent offenders, and illegal weapons off the streets of Savannah.
Police arrested 21 people who face felony charges. Some of those charges include possession of a firearm by convicted felon, possession of a controlled substance and multiple parole and probation violations. Twelve guns were also seized by officers, as well as two stolen vehicles.
The Violent Crimes Task Force Commander, Captain Ashley Brown, says these kinds of results each time they conduct one of these operations wouldn't be possible without the cooperation of all the agencies involved.
"It works every time. We wind up bringing a bunch of guns off the street, we got 12 guns in four days last week. Some of those were stolen guns, some of them were in the hands of folks who shouldn't have them; convicted felons," said Captain Brown. "I think it works so well because we have everybody we need on hand at the time. We don't have to wait for somebody to be called out, we don't have to make phone calls. Everybody's there and it's a very speedy process out there on the street."
In addition to local resources, Savannah-Chatham Metro Police get help from outside agencies like the FBI, ATF and Department of Homeland Security, just to name a few.