Last Friday, Newport Police Officers joined law enforcement officers from local area agencies to participate in a community impact crime sweep in Lincoln City and Otis. Toledo Police Department, Lincoln City Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Lincoln County Parole and Probation, and Oregon State Police all participated in this one-day operation.
The purpose of this exercise was to generate a significant community impact through a targeted, and highly visible law enforcement presence. Officers stopped vehicles, conducted interdiction stops, completed field interviews, searched for wanted subjects, and disrupted criminal behavior in the areas of assignment.
Officers concentrated on neighborhoods from which recent complaints about drug trafficking and criminal behavior have been made. Areas for which information was received that criminal activity was occurring were also included in the perimeter.
During the seven hours of operation, the 15 participating officers made eight arrests; conducted 15 field interviews; made five bar checks, 16 knock-and-talks at homes, 11 consent searches, and multiple traffic stops.
Arrests were made for the following offenses: Failure to Register as a Sex Offender; Possession of Controlled Substance (4); Hindering Prosecution; Parole Violation; and Outstanding Warrants. Many of the investigations are continuing, and additional charges are expected.