That number doesnt mean we have more offenders, but it does mean we were more aggressive in pursuing them, said U.S. Marshal David Jolley at a press conference in Memphis Thursday afternoon.
From October 22-28, the round-up targeted outstanding warrants for failure to register as a sex offender, gang members, homicides, narcotics violations, and more in 24 eastern states. The operation netted 1,659 sex offenders nationwide and cleared a total of 13,333 warrants.
Locally, the Memphis Police Department, the Shelby County Sheriffs Office, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, and the U.S. Marshals participated in the weeklong dragnet.
Said Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin: The more folks we can put in the sheriffs jail, the better I feel.