Clayton Police and
Sheriff's Office join forces

By Linda Looney-Bond


The Clayton County Police Department and the Clayton County Sheriff's Office are combining efforts to launch a series of road checks called Operation Street Sweep.

Friday night, approximately 30 police officers and about a dozen sheriff's deputies began performing road checks aimed at locating people wanted on outstanding warrants, arresting DUI offenders, removing uninsured and unlicensed drivers from the roadways, and deterring crime through police presence.

"It's good to see the police department and sheriff's department ...working together to protect and serve all of the citizens of Clayton County," said Clayton County Police Chief Jeff Turner Friday in a joint press conference with Clayton County Sheriff Kem Kimbrough, at police headquarters.

"I have to say thanks to the sheriff for giving us those resources that we need to conduct this operation. From this point on ... we're a team," said Turner.

The road checks will be ongoing and will be set up at points across the county, according to Kimbrough.

"Here's a message to the lawbreaker. You'll never know when we're going to be around the corner. And you can't play one off the other. Sheriff and police are united, and we're out here to make the citizens feel safe," said Kimbrough.

"It's a beautiful day in Clayton County again when we can be brothers and sisters out there serving and protecting, making Clayton County great once again. We work best when we are working together," he said.