HAZLETON, Pa. -- Beginning on Friday, June 30th, at 10:30PM, and ending approximately at 4:00AM, July 1st, the Hazleton Police Department conducted saturation patrols under its "Operation Pressure Point."
The combined enforcement efforts and activities resulted in over 300 positive contacts and dozens of enforcement activities and incidents.
The operation will continue and has yielded a positive affect on crime and the quality of life in the City of Hazleton.
In a press release, Chief of Police, Jerry Speziale said that they can't quantify their actions with numbers alone, but they could gauge the fact that they prevented crimes from occurring based on their presence and activity.
During the operation, not one crime in progress was reported.
In deploying the saturation patrols throughout designated hotspots and the entire City, their collective goals are to prevent crime, increase the quality of life for our residents and target those disrupting the quality of life or violating the law.
Additionally, their efforts of protecting and serving is combined with making the residents feel safe in their homes and neighborhoods.
During the time of the operation, zero "in-progress" incidents were reported; such as complaints, robberies, assaults, etc.
Chief of Police, Jerry Speziale, issued the following statement via a press release:
"We will continue with saturation patrols and a zero tolerance for those that violate the law and disrupt the community"
Mayor Jeff Cusat issued the following statement via a press release:
"Thankfully for the grant funding and the officers tireless efforts my vision of a safer city is being carried out."