Committed and targeted enforcement actions and proactive patrol techniques as well as community involvement have led to a marked decrease in criminal incidents through the first ten months of 2019. Homicides are down by 44%. Aggravated Assaults are down by 10%. Residential Burglaries are down by 29% and Entering Autos are down by 15%.

One such targeted enforcement action entitled Operation Hidden Eye took place from October 1st through November 14th 2019. The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office Gang Unit, along with other investigators and patrol deputies, conducted a county wide round up during this time period. The purpose of this round up was to serve warrants on individuals who have violated probation or who are repeat offenders. Thirty-three people were arrested as part of this operation. The arrests were for charges including robbery, criminal trespass, obstruction, possession of drugs, violation of probation, and shoplifting.

A significant arrest during this detail was that of 23 year-old Tyree Percadon Welch who had outstanding warrants for participating in criminal street gang activity, terroristic threats, criminal damage to property, theft by taking, simple battery, simple battery family violence and probation violation. Welch was one of the offenders highlighted on the most recent CrimeStoppers fifteen most wanted list. During the investigation into Welch’s activities, deputies discovered a video on social media in which Welch encourages a young male child to proclaim the child’s gang affiliation. Welch also prods the young child into a fight with another young male child.

Sheriff David Davis said, “We encourage residents to remain vigilant and report suspicious activities and incidents of crime so that members of the sheriff’s office can continue to develop strategies to address continuing crime issues.”