A new statewide initiative called Operation Safe Neighborhoods came to Lenawee County last week.
On Wednesday, the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) and the Michigan State Police Monroe Post conducted compliance checks of parolees and probationers in Lenawee County, a news release from the post said. Eleven compliance checks were conducted resulting in two arrests for violations, weapons and narcotics being confiscated, and new charges being sought.
There are roughly 32,000 probationers and 8,500 parolees in the state, of which 20 percent have been convicted previously of a gun crime, a news release from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's office said. These individuals are supervised by more than 1,000 MDOC parole and probation agents. The plan the department devised and implemented is aimed at the strategic targeting of high-risk individuals who have weapons possession in their criminal history that could be used to commit further crime.
"Our mission as a department is creating a safer Michigan and our field agents play a crucial role in that effort," MDOC Director Heidi Washington said in the release. "By partnering with local law enforcement on these targeted actions, we are helping to take guns and drugs off our streets, which means less crime and fewer victims."
Whitmer announced Operation Safe Neighborhoods on Sept. 1.
"As a former prosecutor, public safety is a top priority for me. Michiganders deserve to feel safe as they go to work, drop their kids off at school, or run errands in their neighborhoods," Whitmer said in a news release. "While the annual crime report showed that, thanks to our work, crime is flat in Michigan, there is more work to do. That's why we launched this program to tackle crime and gun violence - two inextricably linked issues - simultaneously. We are working with law enforcement and state and local officials to prevent gun violence in Michigan in the wake of recent shootings."
This article originally appeared on The Daily Telegram: Police: Checks of parolees find guns, drugs; two arrested