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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  • by don't trip on Oct 26, 2011 at 11:17 PM
    im from da streets and i know why they didnt get da main people because once one person find out they call they buddies to inform them on whats goin on and no matter how much da police try to make da streets a better place it will never work because for every one person dats goes to jail its one hundred more crimials bein born
  • by sherri on Oct 24, 2011 at 07:00 PM
    This is a joke! This operation need more money for our goverment, not getting criminals off the streets. These arrests are unfortunately good citizens unable to pay traffic fines because of the bad economy not people that have done violent crimes those people are still walking the streets. The police departments around our area are jokes!! They are hired to give as many tickets as possible to collect as much money as possible while the harder criminals are out commiting crimes and selling drugs to our youth. Police are to caught up in petty tickets to make their quota. Its sad and rediculous so many lives we lose from dope dealers and drunk drivers the police should be ashamed of themselves!! I would be embarrassed to be a police officer around the Rockford area!
  • by sherri on Oct 24, 2011 at 06:57 PM
    This is a joke! This operation need more money for our goverment, not getting criminals off the streets. These arrests are unfortunately good citizens unable to pay traffic fines because of the bad economy not people that have done violent crimes those people are still walking the streets. The police departments around our area are jokes!! They are hired to give as many tickets as possible to collect as much money as possible while the harder criminals are out commiting crimes and selling drugs to our youth. Police are to caught up in petty tickets to make their quota. Its sad and rediculous so many lives we lose from dope dealers and drunk drivers the police should be ashamed of themselves!! I would be embarrassed to be a police officer around the Rockford area!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 21, 2011 at 10:11 AM
    I would not say weed is a precursor to crime, if you truly believe that you have no idea... I know police officers that smoked weed back in high school and they seem to be doing fine these days. This was done to keep money rolling in, it's that simple... like last year when they made the big deal about arresting all those gang members, do you realize more than half of those gang members were already in jail?... don't get me wrong, the police are not at fault here it's the politics of the city... Don't be fooled! and why doesn't someone list names of these people arrested and what charges they were arrested on?
  • by martellios Location: rocford on Oct 20, 2011 at 08:50 PM
    they need to crack down on these employer to give people jobs and may be they will have other stuff todo besides saling stuff uncle sam anit getting no part of im just saying who living on 8.00 hr when yo rent 500. a month not yo bills if can get 100 people to raid then you can get 100 people to hire some of theses animals yall hunting
  • by old guy on Oct 20, 2011 at 08:27 PM
    When someone thinks hunting down wanted felons is a JOKE we have a problem.What ever became of obay the law.38thugs off the streets plus 3 hopefully for life if the law see fit to give them life...
  • by Stupid people on Oct 20, 2011 at 12:17 PM
    How many of you complainers you there were appalled that the thugs who were shot during the robbery attempt were not in jail? Maybe this sting saved one of you from these career thugs. Yes Bobby Sue they would have executed a murder warrant too. DUH!
  • by Darb on Oct 20, 2011 at 11:40 AM
    Guess I will dumb down comment. Ellen you are a very confused person. This sent a message. there were no robberies last night. At least for 1 night crime REALLY WAS DOWN. is this Ok 23?
  • by Ellen Location: Rockford on Oct 20, 2011 at 09:22 AM
    What a joke!! They got a couple of grams of pot and Heroin and 1 gun and some pot plants. No murderers or big time dealers. I think most of the biggies knew about this sweep and left the area prior to it. Most of them are probably back out on the street.
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      by happy on Oct 20, 2011 at 10:11 AM in reply to Ellen
      ellen give our police officers a break,at least they are starting to do something.give them time.
  • by jimmy crackcorn on Oct 19, 2011 at 08:39 PM
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      by don't trip on Oct 26, 2011 at 11:11 PM in reply to jimmy crackcorn
      they lockin up da users not da sellers so what good is dat
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