'South Surge' nets hundreds of arrests, 3,000 tickets

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett County police say some 300 criminals are off the streets thanks to an operation they're calling the "South Surge."

Since it began on Aug. 18, the surge has meant flooding the department's south precinct -- which covers unincorporated areas of Stone Mountain, Lilburn, Snellville, Centerville, Loganville and Lawrenceville -- with an increased number of officers and high-profile operations. The results are just over 3,000 traffic citations and more than 300 arrests, including 65 felony arrests.

Officers were primarily targeting "part one" crimes like burglary, entering auto, homicide and robbery.

"The purpose of the 'South Surge' was to reduce these crimes by saturating high crime areas with an increased number of officers," Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said. "These officers have conducted multiple high-visibility, proactive details during the past month."

According to Smith, uniform officers not assigned to patrol functions in other precincts have been brought in to participate in the effort. Some 80 or so have been brought in, effectively doubling the regular police presence in the area.

On top of that, the department has implemented a series of different details to attack crime:

-- Daily road checks in "high crime areas and in heavy traffic flow areas"

-- "Rigorously pursued" warrant sweeps during all shifts

-- Probation and parole sweeps

-- Foot patrols in high-crime areas selected based on "past reports of street level narcotics transactions, loitering and prowling and other various crimes"

-- Increased patrols in various south precinct parks

Police said a number of significant arrests have occurred as a result of the surge, including Wednesday night's arrest of Lawrenceville murder suspect Mark Wilson. Other arrests have included traffic stops yielding a pound of marijuana and a half-pound of cocaine.

"As this detail comes to a close, we are very pleased with the results," Smith said. "Over 300 criminals were removed from the street."

"Due to a number of significant arrests," he added, "we predict a decrease in the number of all part one crimes will results from this detail in the upcoming months."


TOWG 2 years, 8 months ago

Thank-you Gwinnett PD! We have noticed the increased presence and are grateful.


dav 2 years, 8 months ago

my guess is snellville led the pack


Sandykin 2 years, 8 months ago

Friday evening my husband and I were driving down Lawrenceville Highway in Lilburn and saw at least 12 different sets of flashing blue lights pulling a dozen different cars over in a stretch of road that went from Ronald Reagan Parkway to Beaver Ruin. We kind of figured some sort of sting was going on as you don't typically see that many people pulled over for traffic violations in a matter of minutes. There were more police in that little area than you even see on Ronald Reagan Parkway or 316 on a regular day. Kinda freaked me out because we used to live in the area and I didn't realize how bad Lilburn had declined.


BuzzG 2 years, 8 months ago

I still live in the area and was caught up in one of these. Glad to see it. I hope they caught a bunch of illegal aliens and sent them home.

But if they really want to catch a bunch of crooks, they need to make a sweep of the building at 75 Langley Dr. in Lawrenceville.


toby 2 years, 8 months ago

And the bill to send them packing should come from the illegal's family. Tax payers should not have to pay to deport.


JCJB 2 years, 8 months ago

Taxpayers don't pay to deport, the inmate/family is supposed too, and they don't get out of jail until the money is paid


teelee 2 years, 8 months ago

Hire more officers and do this every day!


Cleanupguy 2 years, 8 months ago

WOW - wish they'da thoughta THAT! They could either be paid with wampum, or maybe with a magical tax increase.


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