Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Sting operations
Q: I have wondered for quite awhile, and each time that I read the newspaper and see that a sting operation was imposed to nail prostitutes, why don't they do a sting like this to capture the muggers, rapist, robbers and the rest of the criminals that are lurking the streets of South Bend. I know prostitution is an illegal activity, and yes, I also know it is NOT a victimless crime. I feel that taxpayers money would be better spent by getting the more threatening type of scum off the streets first. Thanks for reading.

A: Sting operations and other undercover operations involving surveillance of suspected drug dealers, burglary suspects, would-be robbers, as well as other operations attempting to catch criminals in the acts is done nearly every day. Our NEST team is designed to handle operations such as this, while Metro Special Operations (MSOS) utilizes undercover officers for drug dealing also. Many proactive patrol officers including myself address these problems at the uniform level every day- identifying suspects, contacting suspects of the crimes you mention, and we also take part in both marked and unmarked surveillance type operations and specialty patrol units at the shift levels as manpower permits. You may not always see it reported in the papers, but trust me, it is being done!
posted by South Bend Police Department @ 11:08 PM  

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