Its designed to get the people who fire guns off the streets.
That’s what Savannah’s Police Chief is saying about Operation Ceasefire.
Chief Jack Lumpkin was part of a 20 person coalition that went to New York to learn more about the crimefighting program, and what should work in Savannah.
Lumpkin worked with a version of the program in his previous jobs in Albany and Athens. In Albany, the Chief says gang members stopped shooting at each other, and even told police about the “acts of disrespect” that had previously led to shootings.
The Chief adds Savannah will be further along, because they have the aid of experts from the Center for Crime Prevention and Control, who created Operation Ceasefire.
Lumpkin adds that Savannah-Chatham Metro Police are less staffed, have culture issues, and the information flow better in other places. But he still believes Ceasefire can help the city improve their crime numbers
“We are going to target group violence in particular that is connected to firearms,” explained the Chief.
Chief Lumpkin says the anti-crime program will start with “data mining”. Experts analyzing the crime numbers, locations and connections.
That way investigators can identify what and who to target to help stop shootings before they happen.
Law enforcement, judges and prosecutors will identify the violators, bring them in, and give them an option. go straight, or go to jail.
“We wont have plea bargain or any other type of thing,” explained the Chief. “We are going to come after If you violate then we will go after your probation, we will use administrative, civil and criminal processes to impact you and anyone around you.”
The program will start first in the state street areas, then dangerous areas of West Savannah. Along with the data gathered and Police presence, Lumpkin says the community needs to buy in to the program, and helping make a difference in their community.
“What we are going to do with Operation Ceasefire, we are going in ingrain it culturally, so you don’t create a special unit to do this,” explained Lumpkin. “Culturally this is the way we police. And it becomes everyone’s job, then you can retain it.”
The experts from Center for Crime Prevention and Control will be in Savannah August 3 to begin the data mining process, along with gathering geographical and situational data needed.
The Chief says the entire program will begin to be implemented in about the next few months.