On the evening of Friday, February 1st, Bainbridge Public Safety conducted a “Concentrated Patrol” effort which took place between the hours of 4pm and 10pm. Officers performed routine stops for traffic offenses, such as speeding and running stop signs, and also courtesy stops that allowed them to notify a driver of something such as a burned-out light on their vehicle.
Chief Investigator Larry Funderburke stated, “The concentrated patrol effort allows officers to patrol in neighborhoods that have been experiencing a rise in unlawful activity. Officers are specifically looking for suspicious behavior, and are hopefully able to prevent some crimes from ever happening.”
Officer Jessica Matthews participated in Friday night’s patrol and said that one of her missions as a Bainbridge Public Safety Officer is to keep harmful and addictive drugs off the streets and out of the hands of users. She feels she is making a difference if she can prevent drugs from ruining someone’s life, especially that of a young person.
Approximately 15 officers and investigators participated in Friday night’s effort. Funderburke stated, “We hope that our concentrated patrol strategy not only improves people’s confidence in the police and their feelings of safety, but also serves as a deterrent to criminal activity in our city.”