Greg Garner FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Chief of Police Wednesday, April 18, 2018
For information, contact:
Sgt. Tim Cannon (559) 891-2229
“Operation Blue Shield”
Selma Police Department’s multi-agency operation yields over 100 Arrests and seizure of multiple weapons.
As a result of a recent spike in crime, the Selma Police Department, implemented “Operation Blue Shield.” The operation occurred over a 4-week period and generated over 100 arrests for charges such as Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Home Invasion Robbery, Auto Theft, Possession of Illegal Firearms, Domestic Violence, and multiple narcotics violations. Several weapons were also seized during the operation.
“Operation Blue Shield” began after the city of Selma experienced a “spike” of 36% in violent crime in the first few weeks of March. The recent cases included a homicide, several incidents involving gun violence, an unsuccessful kidnapping of a Junior High school student, and commercial robberies.
Operation Blue Shield consisted of the addition of resources from the Selma Police Department, including the mobilization of more than twenty (20) citizen volunteers, in the first two weeks of the operation. On Thursday & Friday, April 12th & 13th, nearly 50 officers from neighboring jurisdictions, including Kingsburg, Reedley, Fowler, Orange Cove, and Sanger, along with Fresno County’s MAGEC, ACT, and District Attorney’s Investigative Units, the US Marshals, and the CPAT Parole team, conducted parole & probation compliance checks, served active warrants, and other proactive tactics.
As a result of Operation Blue Shield, the overall crime rate in Selma over this time period has fallen by 17%, and violent crime has dropped 66%.
“Spikes in violent crime are rare in Selma, but, as in all cities, they do occur. And when they do, they require an immediate, coordinated, zero-tolerance response. The citizens of Selma deserve nothing less,” said Selma Police Chief Greg Garner. “These efforts will be on-going, and I’m grateful for the unwavering willingness of all our allied agencies to assist, and the full support of our City Council.”