The Provo Police Department arrested 11 suspects in the Maeser neighborhood in Provo last week after conducting a special enforcement detail.
The Maeser neighborhood runs from Center Street to 600 South and University Avenue to 1000 East, and has recently experienced an increased amount of reported crime. To combat the recent trend, police officers, along with an adult probation and parole officer, instigated a special enforcement detail on July 19 from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Chief Rick Gregory stated in a news release, “A critical part of our crime reduction strategy for Provo is the rapid and effective deployment of our resources. Our data analysis confirmed that the Maesar neighborhood has seen a recent rise in crime so we focused those resources where they would be the most effective and where they were most needed.”
In the allotted time, police officers arrested 11 suspects on a variety of charges after conducting over 50 interviews. Examples of the charges issued include warrants and possession of methamphetamine, heroin and paraphernalia.
During one of the interviews in the special enforcement detail, one suspect assaulted an officer and ran away. Police officers were then able to track down the suspect through the help of eyewitness accounts and a K9 officer. The suspect was then booked in Utah County Jail for a warrant, assaulting a police officer and failing to stop for police.
“I would like to thank the Maesar residents who helped us quickly apprehend (the suspect) by pointing officers in the right direction,” Gregory said.