Freeport Police Focus on Preventing Crime

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FREEPORT (WIFR) -- It's been nearly one month since a father was gunned down on a front porch in Freeport. The murderers in that case and in the city's other homicide this year are still on the loose.

"They're always parking up in the old IOCO building up there," resident Charlene Stichter, said.

It's a popular spot for Freeport Police now, just a couple hundred feet from where Adel Ahmed Al Masmari was gunned down two months ago. Since his murder Charlene Stichter sees officers in the surrounding neighborhood all the time.

"I've seen the police driving up and down the street and I've seen them on foot up on the corner of Galena and State Street walking around," she said.

A few blocks away on Liberty Avenue, Tashawn Calvin sees the same thing.

"They've been patrolling. Pretty a lot. You see them everywhere you go," Calvin said.

Deputy Police Chief Jim Drehoble says after the murders officers volunteered to change their schedules so more cops are on the streets later in the day. They're focused on the southeast side of the city where both shootings happened. Officers are out in their cars, on bikes, and on foot.

"The officers that are on bicycles have noticed a positive difference and a positive change. People are coming up and talking to them. They like seeing them in the area," Deputy Chief Drehoble said.

Calvin says she feels safer now, but wishes the police department had made the changes sooner.

“If there probably was patrolling as much as they are now then, you know we probably wouldn't be here,” she said.

Officers still haven't made any arrests in either murder case, but Drehoble says investigators are following up on leads. Anyone with information on either murder should call the police department.


FREEPORT (WIFR) – There still haven’t been any arrests in the two murders this year in Freeport. Police say while they’re still investigating those murders, they’re also working on preventing more.

Police are patrolling those high crime areas more at different times and they’re not just patrolling in their cars. They’re walking around and riding bikes, talking to people in those areas

Deputy Police Chief, Jim Drehoble says since the murders, officers have changed the hours they work so more are patrolling in the afternoon and evening. He says they have a high concentration of officers working in those Southeast side neighborhoods where the shootings happened and neighbors say they’ve noticed and appreciate the changes.

“It needs it. Maybe there wouldn’t be so much going on you know if there probably was patrolling as much as they are now then, you now we probably wouldn’t be here,” said Tashawn Calvin, a Freeport resident.

Drehoble wouldn’t go into any details on the murder investigations, but he did clear up one bit of information. The most recent murder was a father shot while standing on a porch on Liberty Avenue. When it happened, police said the victim was an innocent bystander. Today Drehoble tells us the shooting was a case of mistaken identity. Whoever the shooter was, thought the victim was someone else.


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