Operation Clean Sweep; Police Haul in Offenders

By: Meghan Dwyer
By: Meghan Dwyer

 So here's a look at some of the number's from today:

1) Police followed up on more than one-hundred arrest warrants.

2) 38 people were arrested today so far.

3) More than one hundred officers participated in today's sweep

4) Most Arrests were in Districts 1 & 2

5) Police executed 8 search warrants.

6) Of the 100 arrest warrants police checked up on today, 18 people were arrested.

7) 12 people were arrested on drug charges

   a) 3.6g of cocaine confiscated

   b) 7.6g of heroin confiscated

   c) 69 marijuana plants confiscated

8) 8 of 66 parole checks lead to arrests

9) 8 houses were condemned

10) 115 traffic tickets were issued

11) The 8 sex offender warrants issued didn't lead to any successful arrests


ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Local law enforcement departments are spending the day hunting down wanted felons. So far, 38 people were arrested on outstanding warrants and hauled into jail. It’s being called “Operation Clean Sweep.”

23 News rode along with police this morning and has more on how it all went down.

Rockford Police Deputy Chief Lori Sweeney said, "If you are committing an offense in Rockford, Illinois today you will go to jail."

Today the streets of Rockford were filled with cops targeting wanted felons and suspected drug houses. It’s the largest collaboration of law enforcement Rockford’s seen since the '90s. Officers have been working behind the scenes for weeks trying to pull it all together.

Sweeney said, "We're not sure the last time we tried to pull this many agencies all together to just focus on narcotics and arrest warrants."

Nearly 120 officers got together this morning at 5:00 to knock on criminals' doors. They served search warrants, arrest warrants, and orders of protection.

The mission started before the sun came up. The goal was to catch criminals in bed or before they left for work. Officers tried to serve seventy five arrest warrants and ten search warrants for drugs.

At the crack of dawn they knocked on doors and waited for answers. If a suspect wasn't there officers interviewed whoever was--taking notes for the next time around. State police airplanes circled above in case anyone tried to run, but police say running isn't an option.

Sweeney said, “We'll always come and get you. There’s nowhere for you to go. We’ll always find you."

Nine local agencies took part in today's sweep

Shifts were changed so the normal street patrol wouldn't be interrupted.

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