Friday, July 2, 2010
Operation Expanded Shield Floods the Streets With Police
Designed, not coincidentally, to culminate just before the 11 PM TV news (in addition to the arrests tonight, the chief promised the gathered TV reporters more information for their "next news cycle"), the completed surge in police presence, which included officers from all departments including administrative staff, state police, state drug enforcement officers and at least one DEA officer, proved successful, according to Acting Police Chief Patrick McMahon, and Captain William McKenna who ran the operation.
"And not a dime of overtime was spent," McMahon said.
The regular night shift of 10 patrol officers was augmented with 37 more and netted 11 arrests including 3 parole violators, 3 non-compliant registered sex offenders, and a drug arrest of a parole violator, Andre Allen who was caught possessing 12 grams of crack cocaine and 7 grams of powder cocaine.
There were also 36 vehicle stops for a variety of offenses.
When asked whether Expanded Shield was a gimmick that would only net short term effect, McMahon said that the success of the operation would encourage the force to recreate the surge at another unannounced occasion, but that the expanded presence proved that if the department were fully staffed it could have a positive effect on stemming city crime.