Oakland Co. Sheriff: 32 Guns Seized, 114 Arrested In Effort Targeting High-Crime Neighborhoods

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July 01, 2020 - 6:50 pm

(WWJ) The Oakland County Sheriff's Office says it has removed 28 handguns and 4 rifles from the streets of Pontiac over the past two months, and made 114 felony arrests.  

Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard said seizure of the firearms — many of which were outfitted with extended magazine — is part of an effort by his office's Directed Patrol Unit taking aim at the city's highest crime neighborhoods.  

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The DPU has two teams – one consisting of a sergeant and four deputies, and another consisting of a Sergeant and three deputies who target "hot spots" for criminal activity, conducting specific investigations related to violent crime, drugs, and weapons. 

Recently, the sheriff said, the City of Pontiac approved the addition of the second DPU team which has led to an increase in the success of arresting violent criminals and getting illegal firearms out of the neighborhoods.

“While these teams are small in numbers, the work and effort they put in to target the most violent criminals in the City of Pontiac is to be commended,” said Bouchard, in a statement. “I applaud the Mayor and the Pontiac City Council for making the investment into a second team and clearly, the results speak for themselves. I am incredibly proud of these sergeants and deputies who put themselves in danger every day in order to protect our citizens.”

The numbers above are just from May and June. 

Year to date, Bouchard said the DPU has made 234 arrests, seized over $30,000 in drugs, and have recovered 54 handguns. Both DPU teams assist Road Patrol Deputies, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Apprehension Team, and the Oakland County Narcotic Enforcement Team with investigations and arrests in addition to their regular duties.