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Augusta criminal sweep might yield as many 80 arrests

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A three-day initiative to take criminals off the streets of Augusta might yield 80 arrests.

The goal of the Augusta Community Impact Initiative, according to Richmond County sheriff’s Capt. Scott Gay, was to focus on probation and parole offenders in the county with new warrants.

The Georgia Department of Corrections, the parole board and the probation office assisted the sheriff’s office in the operation.

The initiative began after the sheriff’s office noticed a growing concern among residents about a lack of police visibility, authorities said.

Deputies blanketed the streets over a 72-hour period in order to put as many people behind bars as possible.

It was the first initiative the sheriff’s office has conducted with the Georgia Department of Corrections.

By midday Friday, authorities had made more than 50 arrests and were anticipating at least 30 more by the end of the day.

“What is great about this initiative is that if they’re on probation or parole, they instantly become wards of the state. They go directly to prison,” Gay said. “It actually saves the residents of Richmond County money, and we’re cleaning up the streets.”

On Wednesday, the U.S. Marshal’s Office assisted as several agencies focused on offenders with older warrants.

On Thursday, the Richmond County Narcotics Division joined to focus on offenders with new drug charges.

On the final day of the initiative, the focus was taken to the neighborhood level with officers blanketing Harrisburg and Barton Village.

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mc
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mc 08/26/11 - 06:02 pm
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If they had new arrests,

If they had new arrests, shouldn't the police look at there parole or probation at the time of arrest, and not be sent back to the streets!

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Brad Owens 08/26/11 - 06:21 pm
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I like this, "The initiative

I like this, "The initiative began after the Sheriff’s Office noticed a growing concern among citizens over a lack of police visibility in the area..."

Sounds like certain groups of people making themselves heard are helping motivate the Sheriff.

And WHO says being loud never gets you anywhere?

Emerydan
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Emerydan 08/26/11 - 06:39 pm
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You think maybe it's time for

You think maybe it's time for the sheriff to adopt community-based policing strategies? I know this makes for a good show and all, but it shouldn't have to come to citizens begging for help for action to be taken. Ronnie may be a good guy and all, but he is all wrong when it comes to community-based policing. He seriously needs to look into it.

SCyankee
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SCyankee 08/26/11 - 07:16 pm
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thank you for all the hard
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thank you for all the hard work LEO's.

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Patty-P 08/26/11 - 08:02 pm
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'The ones sent back to prison

'The ones sent back to prison will be back in a few days, at most.'
Either that's what will happen, or they will release others to make room for the new ones.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/26/11 - 08:04 pm
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Interesting what pressure

Interesting what pressure from the public can accomplish. Everyone, take a bow.

allhans
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allhans 08/26/11 - 10:19 pm
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Input from the public is how

Input from the public is how a great number of crimes are solved

Yell it clear and yell it loud. Make yourself heard.

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cityman 08/26/11 - 11:09 pm
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This needs to be done at
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This needs to be done at least once a month for it to be effective. Does anyone know if this will be done on a regular basis?

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 08/27/11 - 12:03 am
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I agree with Patty P.

I agree with Patty P.

cityman
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cityman 08/27/11 - 12:34 am
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The fact that officers can
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The fact that officers can ride around a pick up dozens of criminals shows how ineffective that law enforcement has been. This is pathetic and unacceptable. No wonder so many Richmond County deputies live in Columbia County!

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 08/27/11 - 12:40 am
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"No wonder so many Richmond

"No wonder so many Richmond County deputies live in Columbia County!" from cityman. Now, that is quite a telling statement.

Frank I
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Frank I 08/27/11 - 12:00 pm
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they were definitely over in

they were definitely over in Olde Town as well.. saw 3 or 4 RCSD patrol cars, 1 unmarked car and 2 Corrections vans from my front porch last night.. they picked up several people just down from us on Ellis.. we heard that unmistakable zip that handcuffs make for several minutes while we were outside....

rojo
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rojo 08/27/11 - 06:58 pm
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Patty P is right. Why waste

Patty P is right. Why waste their time, they'll be out in a matter of days doing the same ole crap that got them in, in the first place.

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 08/29/11 - 10:35 am
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ok they round out the
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ok they round out the criminal, thugs, and wastes of human being, so where do thaey put them??? gee maybe they can be housed in the fabulous TEE CENTER....it was said the TEE CENTER would solve most of the problems in augusta, by creating lots of jobs...hey joe did the fella from south carolina (was supposed to build a hotel contigent on the TEE CENTER proposal being approved) break ground yet??? checked with lic/inspection no permit taken out yet....i figured you would know if anyone...BTW since they arrested these criminals, since we are under court mandate agains over crowding when is the mass release of those now currently in jail going to take place??? maybe you would want to give the law-abiding/tax paying citizens a heads-up so we can get armed, locked, and loaded

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Craig Spinks 08/30/11 - 03:38 am
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(C)ityman is a dangerous man.

(C)ityman is a dangerous man. His comments endanger bureaucratic comfort levels.

BamaMan
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BamaMan 08/30/11 - 10:06 am
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I've always heard "the

I've always heard "the squeaky wheel gets the grease"! Make noise!! Maybe someone will hear you! If it was MY neighborhood, I sure would be!

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