Danville crime targeting operation results in no homicides in summer
DANVILLE, Va. (WDBJ) – There were no homicides in Danville during the summer of 2021, according to the results of an anti-crime operation put in place by Danville police. The operation focused on reducing violent crime during the summer months of July through September.
The ministry’s analysis of crime data in previous years showed a trend in violent gun crimes, particularly homicides, increasing over the summer months. This led to the 2021 operation led by the Special Investigations Section, including the Violent and Gang Crime Unit, the Vice-Narcotics Unit, and the Crime Deterrence and Prohibition Unit. The collaboration was named Operation Freedom.
Detectives were targeting the arrests of violent fugitives, drug investigations, violent crime investigations and the recovery of illegal firearms from July to the end of September.
According to Danville Police, the “targeted deterrence model” used in the operation “aims to reduce violence through proactive and predictive policing using data-driven activities and accountability through the layered policing model.
Police say this is the first time the city has seen fewer than two homicides in the summer since 2015, and residents can expect continued planned efforts to reduce violent crime through similar targeted investigations, aimed at eliminate drug trafficking, gang activity and gun crime.
The operation resulted in:
34 residential search warrants executed
72 other research mandates carried out
204.5 grams of methamphetamine seized
123.1 grams of cocaine seized
3241 grams of marijuana seized
241.3 grams of heroin seized
4326 grams of synthetic marijuana seized
14.4 grams of steroids seized
25 firearms seized
US $ 27,620.70 currency seized
142 people arrested
293 criminal charges
Anyone with information to assist in efforts to eliminate violence, gangs or drugs through counseling or cooperation with the Danville Police Department is urged to call 434-793-0000 or conduct special inquiries at 434-799-6508, send e-mail through website, message through social networks. media platforms or use the CARE Crime Advice app here.
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