Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Taking a Proactive Tack on Crime.(Final)

Byline: Chris Vogel Journal Staff Writer

Detectives Hit Street In Search of Offenders

A group of sheriff's detectives are frustrated with fighting crime from behind a desk, so they've decided to round up bad guys the old-fashioned way -- by hitting the streets.

Less than three weeks ago, the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department began operation VOID -- Violent Offender Intervention Detail -- where homicide and violent crimes detectives take a day every two weeks to serve warrants on violent offenders and locate victims and witnesses needed for trial.

"Over the last few years," Det. Sid Covington said, "the majority of work has been done from behind a desk, making phone calls, using computers, and searching databases. …

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