WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) — It’s been only a couple of months since Warren’s Street Crime unit has taken to the streets, but it already is making an impact on crime.
Patrolman Jeff Orth is one of six members of the unit and instead of answering routine calls, Orth is out patrolling specific trouble spots. Since the Street Crime Unit started in July, they have made more than 270 arrests and have issued dozens of citations.
On Thursday, Orth made one arrest on an outstanding warrant and cited another for open container. Those are little problems that can lead to bigger results.
“Heroin is a big issue right now. Pretty much every day we are getting arrests for heroin. We have also come across a lot of weapons recently,” Orth said.
In fact, 93 people have been arrested on a variety of drug charges with almost $7,500 recovered. Fourteen firearms, two of which were reported stolen, also have been taken off the streets.
Capt. Robert Massucci said as with anything, it takes time to see results, but he is happy that Street Crimes is proving invaluable.
“These are pretty good stats. I wouldn’t have imagined this would start off with all these charges. We have a lot of drug charges along with the weapons charges, those are pretty good stats for two months time,” said Warren Police Capt. Robert Massucci, who is in charge of the unit.
Both officers said the program should have been introduced years ago.