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BPD announces results of neighborhood enforcement detail

Press release:

On August 20th the City of Batavia Police Department joined by the Genesee County Drug Task Force (comprised of personnel from Batavia PD, LeRoy PD and the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office), Genesee County Sheriff’s Office and K9 unit and New York State Parole participated in the third neighborhood enforcement detail this summer. The purpose of these details is a systematic approach of known problem areas within the City and to target criminal activity.

In total, 11 law enforcement personnel from four different agencies were partnered in a focused enforcement detail in seven separate locations. NET patrols included State Street, Bank Street, Tracy Avenue, Washington Avenue, Jackson Street, Liberty Street, Swan Street, Sumner Avenue, Central Avenue, Pringle Avenue, Watson Street and Maple Street The following are results of this year’s third detail:

• 80 data runs
• 31 vehicle/traffic stops
• 10 traffic tickets issued
• 1 Penal Law Arrest
        -- Munroe, Isaiah J.A., age 24, unlawful possession of marijuana
• 13 parole checks
• 4 parole violations

Neighborhood Enforcement Team (NET) details were outlined in the City’s Strategic Plan as part of the City’s Neighborhood Revitalization efforts. They include dedicated patrols for targeted enforcement with the goal of intercepting and interrupting the flow of illegal drugs, weapons and other contraband as well as locating and arresting wanted persons.

All agencies involved expect to continue joint law enforcement efforts in the future. These details are not advertised prior to taking place and locations are selected based on criminal data, the presence of nuisance and illegal behavior and ongoing investigations.

Mike Weaver
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one arrest for a minor drug offense? Seems like a pretty efficient use of resources.

Ed Hartgrove
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Mike - I was wondering why you noted the 1 arrest for a (minor) offense, but you never mentioned the other alleged offenses ( 10 traffic tickets issued, 4 parole violations ).

I realize few people want to play "What if?", but it could possibly be instructive to do.
What if - one of the traffic tickets was for a completely bald tire, one that's on the verge of exploding. And the vehicle's operator is the guy your daughter hangs around with. Would you be comfortable with him and her going down "jack rabbit hill" at 60mph?
What if - one of the 'parole violators' was a convicted child molester, and was caught lurking around a kid's play area? D'ya suppose THAT might bother you a little?

Just because the only 'arrest' was for a minor offense doesn't mean that other "good things" won't result from these 'sweeps'.

Mike Weaver
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Ed. the stated goal of the effort was " intercepting and interrupting the flow of illegal drugs, weapons and other contraband as well as locating and arresting wanted persons." So we had 11 officers from 4 agencies on how much overtime detain and question at least 80 people and the result of that is one minor drug arrest, no weapons recovered, no wanted persons arrested. Those were the main goals of the effort. I stand by my statement. We are harassing our citizens with minimal gains regarding the stated goal of the effort.

Ed Hartgrove
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I stand corrected, Mike.
I must admit, I read the 'header' of the post, then dropped to the 'results' section. Therefore, I completely missed the citizen harrassment section.
Mea culpa!

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