U.S. Marshals Arrest 40 in in Operation 'September to Remember'
By Stafff Reports
Oct 1, 2012, 11:50
The streets of the Tri-Cities and surrounding counties should be safer today after 40 possible criminals were arrested and taken into custody during a three day joint operation between the United States Marshals Service, the Virginia State Police and local law enforcement agencies.
Operation “September to Remember” began on Tuesday and ended on Thursday, executing 89 warrants and rounding up 40 individuals on charges including aggravated assaults, weapons offenses, sexual assaults and dangerous drugs.
The area agencies involved in what the U.S. Marshals Service is calling a successful operation included the Petersburg, Hopewell and Prince George County police departments and the Dinwiddie Sheriff’s Office.
Hopewell Police Chief John Keohane said Hopewell executed 42 warrants and made 15 arrests on burglary, robbery, grand larceny and gun charges.
“I feel the U.S. Marshals and their fugitive task force and this operation are a contributing factor in why Hopewell is down 40 percent in violent crime this year,” Keohane said.
It plays a vital role in “removing violent felons from the street as quickly as possible” he said.
“Each of the agencies involved provided vital resources and specific expertise which contributed to the success of the operation,” the U.S. Marshal Service said in a release.
Although the operation officially ended at 2 p.m. Thursday, local agencies will continue enforcement efforts throughout the weekend.
“The agencies involved in this joint initiative were activated to combat violence, increase police presence and improve public safety within the Tri-City communities,” the Marshal Service stated in a release.
“We enjoyed the partnership and the resources that were sent by the U.S. Marshals in the September to Remember fugitive Sweep,” Keohane said.
The U.S. Marshals Service arrested more than 36,200 federal fugitives and 86,400 state and local fugitives in fiscal year 2011.