DETROIT (WWJ) – The results are in from a wide-scale police operation in Wayne County aimed at getting criminals off the streets.
Nearly 10,000 cars were stopped, and 1,000 arrests, over 200 for felonies alone, according to Wayne County authorities, in a sweep they called “Operation Blue Light.”
Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputy Chief Mike Jaafar told WWJ’s Sandra McNeil it was all hands on deck during the two-week operation, where twelve law enforcement agencies worked closely together to patrol the streets.
The operation ran from Sept. 15 to the 30 and included police departments from Detroit, Allen Park, Redford, Livonia, Inkster, Dearborn and several other agencies, including police from Wayne Sate University.
So, why can’t they do this on a regular basis?
“I wouldn’t say that we can’t do it all the time, but, you know, based on every department’s own issues, and budget restraints and what they’ve got going on on a daily basis…its probably why we can’t do it all the time,” Jaafar said.
Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad considers the operation a success.
“During that time we had no bank robberies, we had very few larcenies from stores, retail fraud, because we patrol the streets so hard,” said Haddad, adding that they also took in 25 illegal weapons.