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A crackdown on major crime areas

By Nana Ohkawa
Published On: Feb 22 2014 05:42:36 PM HST
Updated On: Feb 22 2014 07:38:16 PM HST

Officers were out in full force overnight trying to clean up major crime areas.

HONOLULU -

It's a crackdown on crime.

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Officers were out in full force overnight Friday trying to clean up major crime areas.

The "Special Operation" lasted from 8 p.m. Friday night to 5 a.m. Saturday morning. Visitor Elizabeth Geelin said she saw the police effort last night in Waikiki.

"There was a lot of police presence all around the area. We looked out of our balcony and we could see a lot of police pulling up. We heard lots of sirens, but we find that very comforting," said Geelin.

Police said the nine-hour crackdown was aimed at places that receive constant complaints.
 
One hundred and thirty-seven people were arrested.

The arrests included: 93 warrant arrests, 11 for drunken driving and nine drug arrests.

Two hundred and nine people were cited for violations such as speeding and jaywalking.

"I think one time is not going to do it. It's putting a Band-Aid on a bigger problem. I think they need to be out in bigger force. I know it costs a lot of money, but I think it's money well spent," said Waikiki surf instructor Sparky Barros.

Police said it was a joint effort of crime reduction units, which included the traffic, community, and narcotics division. They worked together to clean up major crime areas in downtown Chinatown, Waikiki to Hawaii Kai.

"It's a problem that's everywhere. It can be solved, but everyone needs to work together and do this together. That's the only way it's going to get solved," said Wayne Rezentes.

Three districts worked together.

Community leaders in Chinatown said it's a push they've been waiting for because of the constant problem of drugs and gambling in the area.  

"We hear a lot in our meetings with police and city officials. We hear there's a lot of undercover in Chinatown so sooner or later we are going to get the guys," said Chu Lan Shubert-Kwock.  

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