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Last Weekend's Operation Safer Streets Initiative Netted 49 Arrests


September 23, 2013

Last weekend’s Operation Safer Streets gang enforcement initiative, which took place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, resulted in 49 arrests involving 50 misdemeanors, four felonies and 29 outstanding warrants.  Seized were 3.1 grams of marijuana, 13 grams of cocaine and one gun.
At least three times a week, officers and supervisors representing each of the seven precincts and the Specialized Investigations Division (SID) partner together to implement strategies to combat gang crime and activities in various areas of Nashville.
Friday’s enforcement consisted of seven SID detectives, eight supervisors, 19 patrol officers and three canine officers.  Areas targeted were 23rd Avenue North, North First Street, Buena Vista Pike, Claiborne Street, and Joseph Avenue.
Saturday’s enforcement consisted of two SID detectives, seven supervisors, 23 officers and two canine officers.  Areas targeted were Paragon Mills Road, Lewis Street, Ellington Parkway, Douglas Avenue, Wedgewood Avenue, Bell Road, Hickory Hollow Parkway, Horton Avenue, and 12th Avenue South.
Sunday’s enforcement consisted of four SID detectives, three supervisors and one officer.  Areas targeted were Madison, Thompson Lane, Wallace Road, Tampa Drive, and Foster Street.
So far this year, Operation Safer Streets has resulted in 2,360 arrests on 108 felony charges and 2,211 misdemeanor charges, 20 gun seizures, the service of 663 outstanding warrants, 278 field interviews of persons believed to have gang knowledge and 11,069 vehicle stops in areas with a gang presence.