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Columbus police: Nearly 100 arrested in Operation Safe Streets


Nearly a hundred fugitives are behind bars Wednesday night, arrested in a special operations over the last two days.

The goal of "Operations Safe Streets 2" was catching wanted fugitives and making sure sex offenders are complying with their restrictions in Muscogee County.

"We made approximately 99 arrests of individuals wanted by this agency and some other agencies and a total of 172 charges, and what that means is it helps the investigators put some closure to the investigations they are working," said Major Gene Hillhouse.

Columbus police joined forced with the Georgia Department of Corrections, the GBI, Muscogee County Sheriff's Department, U.S. Marshals, Columbus Office of Homeland Security and other agencies netting big results: 87 people arrested, and more than 143 warrants served.

The operations consisted of more than 100 law enforcement officers from in and around Georgia, and they are continuing tonight.

Suspects were arrested on a variety of charges including child molestation, sexual exploitation of a child, felony probation violation, burglary and weapons charges and more.

"I think the biggest thing it just shows that local law enforcement agencies are working together to make this community safer," Sheriff John Darr said.  

While Neighborhood Watch Captain Isaac Brown supports the operation, he said criminals should be helped rather than locked up behind bars.

"The answer is for us missionary people that are out of different churches to reach these people where they are so that they don't have to go to jail," Brown said.

That's the sound of over a 100 dog tags that Brown has been working on getting to people in the community without proper identification. Brown said often people are harassed or mistaken by law enforcement for not having an ID. He said the more identification young people have, the less likely they are to be arrested. 

"If you have an outstanding warrant... we are going to do our part to do some type of rehabilitation either through our mentoring programs," Darr said. 

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