Phoenix police operation arrests gang members

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By Sarah Blais By Sarah Blais

PHOENIX -- Phoenix police have ended "Operation Safe Summer," which led to multiple arrests in neighborhoods with high criminal activity.

During the eight-week effort, 50 more officers were assigned to assist the Targeted Enforcement Squad and the Gang Enforcement unit.

"The emphasis of the program was to target guns, drugs and gangs, the factors which drive violent crime in any major city," read a press release from the Phoenix Police Department.

As a result of the operation, 835 arrests were made, 172 of which were felonies and 82 warrant-based. Police also seized 15 firearms, arrested 54 gang members, and made 88 drug-related arrests.

The program also enforced underage parties. 241 misdemeanor alcohol arrests were made.

"This successful operation will serve as a model for future enforcement activities throughout the city," read the press release.