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02/11/06

Operation Total Focus Hits the Streets

Officers made house calls to make sure people on probation and parole were complying with the conditions of their release. Officers made house calls to make sure people on probation and parole were complying with the conditions of their release.

Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police call it an "aggressive, street level crime reduction campaign." One hundred and fifteen officers from patrol, special operations, investigations, counter narcotics, probation, parole and the Savannah Impact Program hit the streets on Saturday night to crack down on crime. It's part of the department's Operation Total Focus.

Officers fanned out from West Chatham County around 7:30 p.m. The operation included offender intervention and prevention: going right to the homes of people on probation and parole to make sure they were complying with the conditions of their release.

"If we suspect alcohol or drug use, we have the capability of giving them drug tests and alcohol tests," explained Officer Bucky Elliot. "We're going to make sure they're complying with the conditions of their probation."

These officers also watch for crime activity.

"When we're riding around checking on offenders," he added, "we also monitor what's going on in the particular precinct we're in and respond to crimes in progress."

Acting Chief Willie Lovett said Saturday night's operation goes a long way towards his goal of reducing crime by 15%.

"One of the things I think is very effective is the element of surprise," explained Lovett. "By the time they realize what is happening, and by "they" I mean the criminal element, it's too late."

Operation Total Focus continued until the early hours of Sunday morning.

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