Thursday, March 18, 2010

Metro takes crime fighting lesson from Andy Griffith

As part of our weekly look at neighborhood crime trends, the Crime Tracker 3 team looked at the types of calls officers are going on in the Convention Center Area Command. So far police have gone on a "code 469" a whole lot -- 3,175 times, compared to just 1,001 "469s" in the same time-frame in 2009. A code 469 is formally a "bar/perimeter check," but as Captain Charles Hank explained, it's really just stopping by, and asking folks "what's been going on, what are your issues, what can we help you with?"
It's an approach you may be familiar with from a legend of TV crime fighting -- Sheriff Andy Taylor.

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