The city of Montgomery is kicking off a new strategy to curb crime. They're starting a new initiative called "Operation Domino" -- it's far from just a game -- the Montgomery Police department hopes this new approach to fight crime will make the city a safer place.
The Montgomery Police department announced its partnership with other organizations throughout the county to start "Operation Domino" -- a two-fold initiative that involves crime fighting and educating children.
The police department says they've been studying where crime is taking place and will focus more patrols and undercover policing in high risk areas.
"Just because you don't see a black and white in their neighborhood doesn't mean the Montgomery Police Department is not there in their neighborhood because we are looking at everything. We are looking at different ways that we're going to police to make sure we are going to isolate that criminal element and get them out. that's why we named it 'Operation Domino'," Said Interim Police Chief, John Brown.
He says the department wants to make sure those are zero-tolerance areas, which is why more officers will also be patrolling on bikes. But Chief Brown says influence on crime starts at a young age. It's why they're teaming up with Montgomery's Parks and Recreation Department -- to test out more recreational programs to reach out to children.
"It's a very good start to what we think will be a very rewarding youth initiatve. You have to start some place. We are starting small so we can get it right," Said Montgomery's Director of Parks and Recreation, Rob Spivery.
With 17 homicides this year -- down about half compared to this time last year, but non-violent crimes, like burglaries, about the same as this time last year, parents say they're glad officers are reaching out to educate a younger crowd.
"If you have something that they can do productive, then we don't have to worry about them in the street. No stealing bikes, breaking into somebody's home," Said LaKeisha Johnson, a mother who attended the meeting.
Police say you won't see the results immediately of "Operation Domino." It would be about 2 or 3 years before you see the effects. But they say get ready -- because if you have a warrant, a misdemeanor, and live in a high risk crime area. Police will be apprehending you very soon.
Police say their clearance rate on crimes is 80 percent. This time last year they were at a 90 percent clearance rate.