Police Begin Operation Checkmate Two
JACKSON, Tenn. - Jackson police said the success of Operation Checkmate One, inspired them just two and a half weeks later to begin the second round. Officers said it is not just about getting criminals behind bars, it is about stopping crime before it even begins.
Officers said keeping the missions quiet is the biggest difficulty. "You have to limit knowledge getting out and information getting passed along in the department," Lieutenant Phillip Stanfill said.
Officers swarmed neighborhoods looking for guns, drugs and anyone running from the law from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Wednesday.
"We have the opportunity during these to go out and look for things and the more we look the more we find," Lieutenant Stanfill said.
90 officers on top of those already scheduled ran traffic stops, checked on sex offenders and served warrants. Eight hours into the operation, 16 arrests had been made as well as multiple drug and weapons seizures.
"They're successful simply because strength in numbers," Lieutenant Shane Beaver said. "There's a lot of police and a lot of eyes."
The first Checkmate operation involved 200 officers and netted nearly 40 arrests. Lieutenant Beaver said this many officers doing anything together makes Jackson more safe.
"Enforcing criminal laws, traffic laws, whatever it is, I don't think it could ever be unsuccessful," he said.
Officers said when they come out in full force, crime becomes non existent.
"Basically it's strictly proactive. These guys are not answering call, they're strictly being proactive on crime," Lieutenant Beaver said.
Officers hope to continue these types of operations to make Jackson more safe and to let criminals know they cannot hide for long.
"It lets people know we're out here. Both the good and bad guys," Lieutenant Beaver said.