Sheriff's department details "Operation Preventative Strike"

Published: Dec. 7, 2011 at 10:29 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 17, 2011 at 10:29 PM EST
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott says this time of year they see a 40 percent increase in crime.

The sheriff's department recently announced details to a sweep called "Operation Preventative Strike". The sweep was a way of getting out ahead of the criminals.

Capt. Robert Lanier is a sheriff's deputy. He's got a simple tactic for catching the bad guys.

"We do a lot better picking up people early in the morning than we do in the afternoons, we catch them before they get up and it's usually safer for us, because they're still a little groggy when we get there," said Lanier.

A combination of Sheriff's deputies, U.S. Marshals, the State Law Enforcement Division and Probation Officers spent Monday and Tuesday morning sweeping across the Midlands.

Teamwork, according to Lanier, is key.

"It puts all the agencies together and hopefully, gets the bad guys off the streets where they won't be breaking in houses during the Christmas season," said Lanier.

They acted on intelligence gathered and analyzed at a SLED information center, but sometimes the targets just aren't there.

"It's hit and miss sometimes you don't have enough time with all the people you're putting in jail," said Lanier. "Sometimes it's just a strikeout. It's hit and miss."

The operation netted 46 arrests.

Copyright 2011 WIS. All rights reserved.