This weekend the Georgia’s Gwinnett County Police will be ramping up their presence in an effort to control and prevent criminal activity. This is a common occurrence that many police departments do in times of high crime. However, the Department insists this is not due to the recent crime wave and was planned before hand.
Police will be out in larger numbers as they strive to “neutralize” crime in the area. According to this article from the Atlanta Journal Constitution Police spokesperson Cpt. Illana Spellman states, “The goal is make contact with citizens in residential and commercial areas and to also neutralize any criminal activity.”
This comes at an appropriate time considering all of the action Gwinnett County has seen in the last week. One man was killed and three others hospitalized in a shooting that occurred in Duluth. Two days later the DEA reported a huge seizure of crystal meth in the same vicinity.
The increase planned to last over the weekend and will include extra help from the gang units, DUI units, and other specialty units within the force. In addition, Sherriff’s Deputies and Parole Officers will assist to make a maximum impact.
How will this crackdown affect the community? Many people think these weekend increases do no long term good and simply show force and provide temporary fixes. True, crime may reduce over the weekend because people know about the increased presence, but they may just move their actions over a county instead.
The real impact isn’t known but one thing is for sure, the increase will probably be met with an increase in arrests. With this many police in the community, people are more likely to get caught breaking the law. Whether busted for DUI or possession of drugs, the police will use this opportunity to “clean up” the neighborhood.
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