Two-Day Birmingham Police Operation Yields 20 Arrests

Alabama crime has been on the rise in recent years.  To help combat this rise in crime, Birmingham police have started an initiative called Operation Rescue-Rapid Engagement.  In a tw-day period, police made twenty arrests.  The police initiative was aimed at arresting wanted criminals and assuring residents in targeted neighborhoods that police are listening to their complaints about criminal activity in their neighborhoods.

This initiative, called Operation Rescue-Rapid Engagement suppressing Crime through Unified Enforcement, was carried out Wednesday and Thursday in Birmingham’s East Lake and Gate City communities.

Eight of the arrests were for felony charges, which included robbery, assault, buglary, unlawful possession of marijuana and weapons violations, said Birmingham police spokesman Sgt. Johnny Williams, Jr.  There were also 12 misdemeanor arrests, and 41 citations were issued as well.

According to Sgt. Williams, one arrest in Gate City was of a convicted felon who was in possession of a pound of marijuana, crack cocaine, a loaded handgun and a large amount of cash.  Another arrest, said Williams, was of a person who admitted to being on the way to a burglary when stopped by police.

Operation Rescue was led to the eastern part of the city because of a wave of burglaries.

Several weeks ago, the city’s west side, primarily the Central Park community, was the focus of Operation Rescue.  During that operation, 38 people were arrested for both felonies and misdemeanors, including outstanding warrants.  This is the second year for the initiative.

Alabama crime statistics indicate a total upward trend in crime based on data from 10 years when violent crime and property crime was increasing. Based on this report, the crime rate in Alabama for 2012 is expected to be higher than in 2009 when the state violent crime rate was higher than the national violent crime rate average by 13.21%.

Birmingham crime statistics report an overall upward trend in crime based on data from 11 years with violent crime increasing and property crime increasing.  Based on this trend, the crime rate in Birmingham for 2012 is expected to be higher than in 2009.

In 2009 the city violent crime rate in Birmingham was higher than the violent rate in Alabama by 174% and the city property crime rate in Birmingham was higher than the property crime rate in Alabama by 113%.


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