MPD buckles down with DART

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - As students gear up for summer break, the Montgomery Police Department is buckling down.

Montgomery Police Department, Sergeant Donna Mackey says, "We go to the neighborhoods where the crime bulletin directs us.  We make sure our neighborhoods are safe, and our children are safe."

The initiative is called DART, or directed area response teams.  Police saturate one neighborhood each week, keeping teens on their toes.

With one month of DART on the books, police believe the extra effort is paying off.

"Those important relationships are being formed.  At the end of the week, neighbors notice the officers and know them by name."

Police say they're looking for teens and adults with too much time on their hands, attempting to limit "crimes of opportunity", often born out of boredom.

"Parents tell us they have more peace of mind knowing the police are making contact with their children."

When one neighborhood is secure, officers look to the Compstat program, which details what crimes are happening and where.  They they gear up for another wave of crime prevention.

"We are seeing a spike in crime because people are idle, and they are out.  People need to lock down their homes and cars."

MPD, beefing up patrols; helping youngsters focus on fun, and not felony charges.

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