Operation Unity reduces crime on the Westside

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Columbus Police recently announced the results of Operation Unity 2, a 21-hour operation bringing together law enforcement and community partners focused on reducing violent crime and connecting residents to resources.

Starting at 6 a.m. Nov. 4 to 3 a.m. on Nov. 5, roughly 170 Columbus police personnel fanned out across the enforcement area, spanning Franklinton and central Hilltop.
Acting Commander Tim Myers said this operation was staffed with officers who volunteered to take part, the majority of them from Zone 3.

“I believe that officers should police the neighborhoods they know, the areas they serve on a daily basis, in service of the neighbors they know and have come to care about,” said Myers.

The first Operation Unity took place on the eastside of Columbus. Police officials said plans are already underway for additional operations.

Operation Unity 2 results:
• 197 traffic stops were made, with 254 traffic violations written.
• 67 of those 196 traffic stops resulted in a warning; 130 stops resulted in traffic tickets.
• Officers wrote 57 charges for individuals who did not possess a valid driver’s license.
• 45 individuals were arrested, including 30 felons and three OVI violators.
• The SOFAST fugitive team arrested an individual with warrants for two counts of aggravated robbery and 12 counts of robbery.
• An enforcement team stopped suspicious individuals on the Hilltop, resulting in the seizure of 1 oz. of cocaine, $5,000 in cash, and pills.
• An enforcement team stopped a car in Franklinton and recovered a pistol and a large quantity of methamphetamine.
• SWAT arrested a wanted felon for felonious assault who also had multiple warrants for domestic violence.
• 71 arrest warrants were served.
• Over $11,000 in cash/assets were seized.
• Eight illegal firearms were seized, including an AR-15 type pistol.
• Five stolen vehicles were recovered.
• 49 vehicles were impounded, including two ATVs/motorcycles.
• Two juveniles were arrested.
• 28 citizens were directly contacted regarding crime prevention efforts.
• Estimated street value of suspected narcotics seized: $25,576

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