Jonesboro's Street Crimes Unit Stepping Up To Control Crime

February 08, 2005 -- Posted at 10:30 p.m. CST

Jonesboro, AR -- "We'll be relying on the community as well to give us intelligence about things they see in their neighborhood, or wherever the case may be,"said Jonesboro Police Department Lieutenant, Roy Coleman.

This unit is designated to working street level crimes-- everything from robberies to drug production.

They will work in conjunction with all units of the department.

"We're not out to take anything from the task force, but if we do come across drug activity, we will handle it if need be,"said Coleman.

Just last week the street crimes unit investigated suspicious activity at a Jonesboro hotel.

"We suspected drug sales, but we had no idea what we were going to be involved in. There was theft of the checks and forgery, and the intent to deliver the narcotics. It was a great success for us,"said Coleman.

This bust sets a precedent for the street crimes unit.

Mayor Doug Formon has been an advocate of this program for years.

"This way they can get out there and focus on those areas where there's crime. We want to make arrests, and get people in front of a judge before there is more trouble.....really take a proactive approach,"said Formon.

Roy Coleman says these crimes trigger a chain of events-- and curbing crimes at the lowest level, will hopefully keep the most serious problems out of our area.

"We know there is no way to stop it, but we can deter part of it,"said Coleman.