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GPD sees success with crime prevention initiative

GLOVERSVILLE — Another multi-agency crime prevention initiative carried out in the city last week netted several arrests, according to a press release from Police Chief Marc Porter.

The Gloversville Police Department conducted a crime prevention initiative in the city on Thursday with assistance from state police, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Parole Division, the Fulton County Probation Department, the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office and the Fulton County National Guard Counter Drug Analyst.

Over the course of the single day initiative, police conducted several traffic stops and field interviews that resulted in four felony, three misdemeanor and three violation charges for drug related offenses. Drugs seized as a result of the arrests consisted of cocaine and marijuana.

Additionally, officers made five arrests on active warrants and leveled two felony and two misdemeanor charges against individuals for non-drug related offenses.

Crime prevention initiatives aimed at “targeting the criminal element” to “combat illegal activity and improve public safety” have become increasingly common in the city over the past year. The initiatives are not publicly announced until after their completion to avoid alerting the public to the increased police presence in the city.

During the multi-agency operations enhanced surveillance and patrols are focused on identified “hot spots,” locations that are the most prone to criminal activity including narcotics trafficking and violence, in an effort to apprehend or deter those involved.

Each initiative involves the use of law enforcement technologies to record data and gather criminal intelligence for ongoing evaluation by analysts that may be used to direct resources towards future prevention efforts.

In the release on Thursday’s operation, Porter thanked participating agencies for their cooperation and support, as well as residents who shared tips and information on suspected illegal activity.

Porter went on to state, “The Gloversville Police Department continues to be proactive with combating crime, remains committed to public safety and is dedicated to carrying out our mission in a professional, efficient manner, which often involves sharing information and resources with other law enforcement agencies to achieve our goals.”

Ashley Onyon covers the city of Gloversville, FMCC, and HFM BOCES. She can be reached at aonyon@leaderherald.com.

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