Cops target those with outstanding warrants in sweep

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

The Detroit Police Department served warrants Thursday on the city’s east side in Operation Warrant Sweep, the latest in the department’s ongoing “Operation Restore Order.”

Up to 100 police personnel took part in the sweep to target those with outstanding warrants for violent crimes, including homicides. The Michigan Department of Corrections’ Absconder Recovery Unit took part as well.

By Thursday evening, the Police Department could not provide an exact number of how many warrants were served, according to a spokesman.

The sweep, said Deputy Chief Renee Hall before the action began, was in response to an “increase in non-fatal shootings and homicides” that the department is hoping to quell.

“We’re letting citizens know we’re working alongside them to bring harmony to the city of Detroit,” Hall said.

The targets were known figures to law enforcement who were sought at home, work or even a companion’s house, Hall said.

Cmdr. Tim Leach of the 11th Precinct said in addition to homicides and non-fatal shootings, suspects were believed to have taken part in breaking-and-enterings and home invasions, and other crimes.

Officers “rolled out” from the 11th precinct about 11:30 a.m.

Staff writer Candice Williams contributed.