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by Staff report · August 31st, 2017


On August 23 and 24, 2017, a collaboration between the Cedar Rapids Police Department, Marion Police Department and the Linn County Sherriff's Office conducted Operation Clean Sweep across Linn County Iowa.

According to the Marion Police Department press release, Operation Clean Sweep was an effort targeting individuals that have been identified by intelligence data as being socially connected to violent crime in Linn County, Iowa. The Cedar Rapids Police Department, Marion Police Department and the Linn County Sherriff's Office were augmented by staff from the Iowa Department of Public Safety, the 6th Judicial District Probation and Parole, and the United States Marshal's Service.

"Social Network Analysis was utilized to identify the most concentrated clusters of persons socially connected to violent crime."

According to the release, four arrest teams sought to arrest wanted parties and to make clear to others that are socially connected, that violent crime will not be tolerated. Individuals were also messaged that the community as a whole wanted them to be "safe, alive and out of prison" and offered to assist in any way and connected them with social services or assistance organizations.

Preliminary statistics show that 11 arrests were made for outstanding warrants and narcotics related offenses and one search warrant was served. Eighty-five residence checks were conducted to locate wanted parties or to deliver custom notifications. Twenty-six individuals were messaged and provided information into the vast array of service organizations serving Linn County.

"The Operation was very successful. Anytime you have a collaborative effort like this that has a positive impact on our community, that's a huge win," said Marion Police Chief Joseph McHale. "All of our staff were professional and we had no complaints or injuries."

Operation Clean Sweep was the first of many collaborative efforts this working group will conduct to keep our communities safe. McHale stated, "This process will never end here ... we just got started!"

The Marion PD's recent approval of a partnership with the University of Iowa's Public Policy Center will be beneficial for future operations.

"The data for this sweep was prepared by Cal State Fresno. U of I will be able to help us build the capacity we need here for future sweeps," said McHale. "They are a key component to help us build the intelligence long term."
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