Richmond County hopes to reduce gun violence during summer months

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is implementing several initiatives with hopes of reducing gun violence.

 

The initiatives, which began e last week, will continue throughout the summer, according to Richmond County Lt. Allan Rollins.

“Many of these initiatives are focusing on gun violence in our community and are in maintaining our promise to the community to keep it safe and secure,” Rollins said. “Other programs will focus on safe driving and checkpoints to ensure safe, licensed and insured motorists. Many of these checkpoints will be in troubled neighborhoods rather than on open highways, as in the past.”

According to the sheriff’s office, their “gun crime reduction” initiative will focus on drug enforcement operations, street crime operations and proactive community contacts.

“While we do not want to discuss specifics of the different techniques, we do want the community to understand the emphasis is on reducing crime and focusing on the criminals who are illegally carrying firearms in our community,” Rollins said. “Gun violence cannot be tolerated and we are reaching out to our community for their support. Please call the sheriff’s office when someone is illegally carrying a firearm and call us when you see a violent encounter among our citizens. A phone call can save a life.”

Residents can call the sheriff’s office at (706) 821-1010 if they spot someone with an illegal firearm.

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Reach Doug Stutsman at (706) 823-3341 or doug.stutsman@augustachronicle.com.

Steven Jackson 5 months ago
Since we have Travel Papers checkpoints (DUI and etc...)
set up, at we were told key locations,.

Why not KNOWN Gun Violence Location Checkpoints and areas?
Like several WELL KNOW Gun Gallery Apartment complex entrances?

To me it would seem pretty much the reasoning used for stopping and impeding the travels of 100's to catch the 2 or 3 miles for the nearest bar.
Jerry Whitcomb 5 months ago
Instead of checkpoints, if you really want to catch some illegal weapons and thugs, you should try "shoot to kill" stakeouts on convenience stores, grocery stores, and pharmacies and a concerted effort to catch some of our local midnight undocumented shoppers who are prying open the doors of businesses at the Mall. 

While you tie up officers at checkpoints the punk thugs are sticking up convenience stores and cleaning out cell phone stores at the Mall at midnight. The thugs will know the locations of your checkpoints before the officers unbuckle their seat belts. 

Checkpoints are a publicity "show" for the public. God forbid you actually stake out where the crimes are occurring and give the officers orders to stop them at all costs. 
Donald Sterling 5 months ago
On top of that if the driver has a valid drivers license, auto registration, and insurance the cops cannot legally search the vehicle without the driver's/owner's permission unless there is obvious/visible evidence of crime.  

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