No homicides reported, 142 people arrested after summer police operation in Danville

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(Photo: Courtesy Danville Police Department)

DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — After a three-month operation focused on reducing violent crime in Danville this summer, police announced that more than 140 people were arrested and large amounts of drugs, guns, and cash were seized, but not a single homicide was reported in the city during those months.

According to the Danville Police Department, as part of the agency’s stratified police model, the analysis of crime data showed a pattern of firearms-related violent crimes — more specifically, homicides — increasing during the summer months.  

As a result, the Special Investigations section — including the Violent Crime and Gang Unit, the Vice-Narcotics Unit, and the Crime Deterrence and Interdiction Unit — collaborated on “Operation Freedom” to crack down on violent crime between July and September this year, the department says.

Authorities say the detectives used the focused deterrence model to guide investigative efforts toward violent fugitive apprehension, narcotics investigations, violent crime investigations, and the recovery of illegal firearms from July 1 through Sept. 30.

According to the department, Operation Freedom resulted in the following accomplishments:

  • 34 residential search warrants executed
  • 72 other search warrants executed
  • 204.5 grams of methamphetamine seized
  • 123.1 grams of cocaine seized
  • 3,241 grams of marijuana seized
  • 241.3 grams of heroin seized
  • 4,326 grams of synthetic marijuana seized
  • 14.4 grams of steroids seized
  • 25 firearms seized
  • $27,620.70 in U.S. currency seized
  • 142 individuals arrested
  • 293 criminal charges 

Meanwhile, police say they had no homicides through the summer months of 2021, which was not only a major goal of Operation Freedom, but it also marked the first time Danville saw less than two homicides between July and September since 2015.

In addition, multiple investigations conducted for Operation Freedom led to the development of additional cases, ongoing investigations, and potential criminal charges in the future, according to officials.

“The citizens of Danville can expect ongoing planned efforts to reduce violent crime through focused investigations like Operation Freedom, aimed to eliminate drug dealing, gang activities, and gun related crimes that lead to violence in a community,” the Danville Police Department said in a statement on Tuesday, Oct. 19. “This department’s focused deterrence model aims to reduce violence through proactive and predictive policing using data driven activities and accountability through the stratified model of policing.”

If you have any information that may help eliminate violence, gangs, or drugs through tips or cooperation with the Danville Police Department, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 434-793-0000, call special investigations at 434-799-6508, email the department at DanvillePD@danvilleva.gov, or message the department on social media.

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