"Operation Rescue" in East Lake cracks down on unlicensed, uninsured drivers | News
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC)- Birmingham Police officers were out in force in the East Lake community Wednesday. This is another phase of "Operation Rescue."
"'Operation Rescue' stands for: rapid engagement suppressing crime through unified enforcement." Lt. Scott Praytor with the Birmingham Police Department said.
Patrol officers, detectives, and members of the SWAT team and narcotics unit took part in the operation. The goal was to send a message to those who break the law that their actions won't be tolerate and possibly making some arrests. Police say the operation also sends a message to those living in the area.
"We want them to feel safe to come out to their front porch, walk their dogs, let their children play in their yards. We always stress come out and meet the officers," Lt. Praytor said.
Traffic checkpoints were set up to check for drivers licenses and insurance. Many residents welcomed the stepped up police presence.
"I think it's a good idea. Crackdown on those who don't have insurance, drive without a license," said one resident who didn't want to be identified.
Birmingham Police have launched "Operation Rescue" in different parts of the city. This is a 24-7 operation which will not go away any time soon.
"It's the beginning of summer. We are going to do these things all year long just like this one. We don't know how long we will be out here yet. It will be as long as it takes. It may be a few days, a week or a month," Lt. Praytor said.
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