APD wraps up Operation Whiplash, releases statistics

police-siren1The Atlanta Police Department has wrapped up Operation Whiplash, an initiative launched on June 1  in response to increased violence in Zone 1 and Zone 3. APD provided stats via a media release.

As a part of this operation, a City-Wide Gun Reduction Task Force was formed and consisted of both uniform officers and investigators, from several departmental units and zones.  They investigated 88 aggravated assaults with a weapon, 7 days a week, in mostly the evening hours.

During the operational period, the target area of Zone 1 accounted for 25 aggravated assaults and Zone 3 had 26 aggravated assaults.  At the end of the operation APD realized a slight downward trend in non-fatal shooting in the target areas, with two beats reporting zero non- fatal shooting incidents.  Gun seizures increased by 20 percent and narcotics arrests increased by 238 percent in target areas.

Statistics

  • Accidental shooting – 12 Cases
  • Domestic – 1 Case
  • Robbery – 19 Cases
  • Dispute – 40 Cases
  • Unknown – 6 Cases
  • Drugs – 5 Cases
  • Shot by Victim – 1 Case
  • Gang – 1 Case
  • Non – Criminal – 1 Case
  • Unintended Victim – 2 Cases

Victims of Aggravated Assaults involving firearms:

  • 86 were Male,   11 were Female
  • Average age was approximately 30 years old
  • Ages ranged from 5 years old to 70 years old

Suspect demographics

There were approximately 100 individuals alleged to be involved in the 88 Aggravated Assaults involving a firearm:

  • 55 Males were the alleged suspect
  • 5 Females were the alleged suspect
  • 28 Unknown suspects

Arrests

  • Of the 88 cases that were assigned the Gun Reduction Task Force made arrests or took out warrants for 17 individuals.
  • The average age of these individuals was approximately 23 years old.
  • 8 Males were arrested.
  • 8 Males had warrants taken out for their arrest.
  • 1 Female was arrested.

Weapons

The following firearms were used during the 88 Aggravated Assaults involving a firearm:

  • 76 Handguns
  • 10 Rifles
  • 1 Shotgun
  • 1 Baseball Bat

Narcotic Seizures

  • Number of warrants up from 6 to 10
  • Number of arrests up from 238% (8 vs 27)
  • Gun seizures up 20% (10 vs 12)

The operation concluded on Aug. 31, however the Gun Reduction Task Force will continue into the foreseeable future.

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