GRPD Chief: ‘No doubt’ more patrols curbed weekend gun violence

Grand Rapids police officers getting ready to hit the streets as part of "Operation Safe Streets" on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016.
Grand Rapids police officers getting ready to hit the streets as part of "Operation Safe Streets" on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Grand Rapids Police Department is crediting stepped up patrols for dozens of arrests Saturday and Sunday.

During the first weekend of Operation Safe Streets, city police say they recovered two illegal guns and three stolen vehicles and made 41 arrests – nine for felonies and 32 for misdemeanor offenses.

The GRPD says the arrests included driving offenses, illicit drug and alcohol use, vehicle thefts, possession of illegal weapons and outstanding warrants.

GRPD Chief David Rahinsky stated he had “no doubt” that the increased patrols also drove down gun-related violence.

28th Street, strip mall, Grand Rapids, shooting
Police investigate at a strip mall along 28th Street in Grand Rapids where nine people were shot, one of them fatally, early Sunday. (Oct. 9, 2016)

More than 20 officers, many volunteering during their time off, took part in Operation Safe Streets in hopes of ending a spate of gun violence not seen since the 1990s.

Officers have responded to more than 60 weapons-related crimes in September and October, including 14 shootings that killed three people and injured approximately 20 others.