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DeKalb police implementing strategy for offenders with warrants

DeKALB – If you notice more police officers in the coming days, there’s good reason.

More proactive measures aimed at catching suspects on drug trafficking charges, those wanted on warrants and executing warrants related to criminal acts began Thursday by the DeKalb Police Department.

Residents may notice an increased police presence in the near future, but should not be alarmed or concerned, according to a news release from the department.

“Enforcement is an important component of crime reduction, but addressing factors in our community that facilitate crime is also key,” DeKalb Police Chief Gene Lowery said in the release. “That requires all of us to do our part and report suspicious incidents or criminal acts in a timely manner and it is incumbent upon all of us to ensure we take the basic steps to prevent and deter crime.”

Lowery added that police will summarize the results of these efforts in the days ahead. Since the beginning of the year, the department has apprehended 373 people who were wanted on warrants, many of which were from jurisdictions outside DeKalb County.

“Enforcement measures of this type have already been underway and will remain ongoing in an effort to promote public safety by removing the offenders that plague our community,” Lowery said in the statement.

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