INDIANAPOLIS,Ind (June 18,2015) -- Dozens of police officers from several agencies flooded the southwest district of Indianapolis Thursday night.
The operation was spearheaded by IMPD's Southwest District. The Indiana State Police, Park Rangers, and several other local departments all assisted in the patrol. A police helicopter kept watch from above.
The evening started with a mobile roll call near 10th Street and Tibbs Avenue. The patrol focused on one of the six high crime areas identified by the Department of Public Safety.
"We see violent crime, property crime and incidents of general victimization," said Commander David Hoffman, IMPD's South District.
During roll call,Commander Hoffman made it very clear what they were looking for.
"Our focus tonight is guns, drugs and warrants," said Hoffman.
CBS4 rode along with IMPD officer Tim Huddleston. During one of his first traffic stops of the night, Huddleston found exactly what his commander was looking for.
"I stopped you because you were driving all over the center line.It wasn't a big deal and then you are reaching all over. I didn't know what you were doing," Huddleston said as he approached a stopped vehicle.
Huddleston was suspicious because the driver didn't stop right away and was moving around.
The driver had a suspended licence and this routine traffic stop quickly turned into something much bigger.
Officer Huddleston found a gun in the glove compartment, a box of bullets, a massive knife and heroin on the driver.
According to Commander Hoffman, 60 percent of crimes in the Southwest District are committed by people from other parts of the city.The man on this traffic stop is considered a serious violent felon.
Huddleston is back on patrol and joins a pursuit in progress. As our cameras arrived, two men were already in handcuffs.
The responding officers say the driver went about six blocks before pulling over.
Huddleston says the driver admitted to swallowing marijuana once he saw the flashing lights behind him.
Thursday was a step in targeting the high crime in the southwest part of the city--an effort the men and women patrolling the streets of Indianapolis hope will make a difference.
"We want people to understand that we are out here fighting for them everyday and every night and this is one of the more visible things we can do to make it safer," said Hoffman.