Special patrol nets 13 arrests, 88 tickets

Katie Duffey

CARROLL COUNTY - If White County's southeasterly neighbors weren't paying attention to their speed this weekend, the blaze of lights flashing all over Carroll County may have caught their attention.
Much like last month in White County, law enforcement agencies joined forces Friday in Carroll County for a saturation patrol. Focused on catching aggressive drivers, as well as drug traffickers, the patrol offered departments the opportunity to give a visible reminder to motorists.
"The more officers you can get in one area the better the results you are going to have," said Indiana State Police Trooper Jerry Holeman, who helped organize the patrol. "I'd say there was 20 times the normal amount of police officers that would usually have been out at that time in Carroll County."
Pulling over vehicles for traffic violations, K-9 units indiscriminately walked around the outside of the car. If the specially trained dog indicated that there were drugs inside the vehicle, probable case was established for a search.
The increase in officers netted the patrol 13 arrests, with four drug charges and six operating while intoxicated, as well as 88 tickets for traffic violations. 10 motorists were found to be driving with suspended licenses, and there was one warrant service executed.
According to Holeman, these types of patrols may be a sign of the future for police departments in Indiana.
"Everybody is shorthanded right now in the state; every single department. Patrols like these give us the chance to put more people together and spread out a little bit more," said Holeman, who noted that officers participating in the patrol were not working overtime, and no federal grants were used for funding. "We can't do this everyday like we would like to, but I think this is something you're going to see more of in the future."
Noting that residents should be ready to see more of this activity, Holeman said that saturation patrols give police the chance to add to the visibility of their position. Hoping to decrease the dangerous driving, as well as the presence of drugs, in the community, Holeman said the patrols should help lead to that downward trend.
"I think you might start seeing less aggressive drivers, and less criminal activity. You aren't going to know where, or when, we're doing these patrols, but we'll be there," said Holeman. "We are doing this to show the community that we care."
Taking part in the patrol were officers and K-9 units from the Indiana State Police, Department of Natural Resources, Carroll County Sheriff's Department, Monticello Police Department, Pulaski Sheriff's Department, Logansport Police Department, Cass County Sheriff's Department, White County Sheriff's Office, Tippecanoe Sheriff's Department, Delphi Police Department, Burlington Police Department, and Flora Police Department.