15 arrests and 81 tickets in Tipton County police saturation - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Justin Hanson

15 arrests and 81 tickets in Tipton County police saturation

If you were one of the thousands of drivers on the road this past Easter weekend, you may have noticed an increase in police cruisers.

That was certainly the case for officers in Covington and Tipton County.

It began around six o'clock Saturday night. Thirty officers from the Covington Police Department and Tipton County Sheriff's Department united their resources as they spread out to look for everything from speeders to drug violators.

"Main thing, what we're trying to do here is let people know we're concerned about their safety," Covington Police Chief Bennie Carver said.

Police divided into four man teams across the city, targeting high traffic intersections and areas of high crime. 

"Just a while ago, I saw a gun that was taken from a vehicle that was fully loaded. Also before that I was on one of the seat-belt checks...there was two children in the back with no seat belts. No anything," Tipton County Sheriff Pancho Chumley said.

The saturation operated in conjunction with the Governor's Highway Safety campaign. Officers in Covington and Tipton County enacted a zero tolerance policy, looking for everything from drugs and seat-belt violations to open containers.

Officers made 15 arrests and wrote 81 tickets.  Six of those arrests were for what police call significant felony crimes including DUI, drug and gun possession, reckless driving, and evading arrest.

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