"Operation Domino" Showing Positive Results To Fight Crime In Montgomery


By Catalina Trivino

From Montgomery -- it's been one week since the police department implemented its new crime-fighting strategy, "Operation Domino."

So is the community seeing any changes in their area?

When we brought you this story last week, police told us you probably wouldn't see the results of "Operation Domino" right away -- but think again -- the results are already showing. And it's all in the numbers.

You may see an officer on a bike or a patrol vehicle.

Or maybe you don't see one -- but that's not necessarily a bad thing...

"It could be that they're here and they're undercover and we're not recognizing them," Said Lisa Pitchford who lives in the Mobile Heights, a subdivision off Mobile Road police call a "hot spot neighborhood."

It's one of several being patrolled heavily as part of "Operation Domino" -- the Montgomery Police Department's initiative to curb crime in high-risk crime areas

It's been at work for seven days and police say the strategy is already working.

"During the day we may look at what crime has gone on in what location and re-allocate our resources to those particular areas," Said Major John Bowman with the Montgomery Police Department.

For investigative purposes, police could not give us the name of every street they're watching heavily, but some include:

  •      Johnstown Drive, near Dalraida Road
  •      Calmar Drive, near Eastern Boulevard.
  •      Stuart Street, off South Court Street.

"I haven't seen any bikes, but police cars I have seen going by. In fact, yesterday, and today I saw police cars going by," Said Osie Mae Williams, a resident who lives on Stuart Street.

In 7 days, police have done the following in "hot spot areas:"

  • written more than 1,051 traffic citations
  •  104 felony arrests.
  • 384 misdemeanor arrests.
  •  949 people have also been arrested for various warrants related to civil cases.
  • 24 guns have been taken off the streets.
  • 13 drug cases have been investigated.

So if you're committing a crime in a hot spot area, watch out: officers say, they will stick around.

"We may change neighborhoods, we may change blocks within a neighborhood. Depending what the crime data from previous hours and days show," Said Bowman.

The residents we spoke with say they have been victims of break-ins and thefts. They say crime in their area has gotten worse in recent months -- but they're just glad officers are buckling down in their area.

If you see anything suspicious going on in your area, you can call Crimestoppers at 215-STOP.

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