Calling "Operation Safe City" a huge success, Helena-West Helena Police Chief Virgil Green reported that police made one felony arrest and four misdemeanor arrests during the New Year's Eve saturation.

Officers arrested Curtis Holden and Vince Jordan, both of Helena-West Helena, on weapons charges. Green said officers pulled over car in the area of North 9th Street on a routine traffic stop. With the assistance of the department's K-9 unit, the officers search of the vehicle turned up several weapons.

Calling "Operation Safe City" a huge success, Helena-West Helena Police Chief Virgil Green reported that police made one felony arrest and four misdemeanor arrests during the New Year's Eve saturation.

Officers arrested Curtis Holden and Vince Jordan, both of Helena-West Helena, on weapons charges. Green said officers pulled over car in the area of North 9th Street on a routine traffic stop. With the assistance of the department's K-9 unit, the officers search of the vehicle turned up several weapons.

Green noted that several loaded weapons were found under the driver's seat.

"What's so alarming about the weapons officers found is that one was an AK-47 and another a 9mm Masterpiece handgun with an extended clip," commented Green. "That's way more firepower than what my officers carry."

According to Green, the owner of the weapons was able to prove ownership. However, Green stressed, that these are the types of guns that are being used to commit crimes and the type of weapons local police officers are confronted with daily as they patrol the streets of Helena-West Helena.

"For this reason, H-WHPD will continue to conduct these types of operations," said Green. "As chief of police I want to send a very strong and clear message to those who are violating the law and carrying illegal weapons. We will not stop until we see a drop in violent crimes that involve firearms and the sale of drugs."

On New Year's Eve, H-WHPD officers took to the streets with one plan in mind – to keep the city safe on this particular holiday. During the saturation, police made over 30 traffic stops that led to only four minor traffic offenses.

Green stated that it wasn't the department's intent to go after citizens and issue a large number of traffic citations.

"The goal was to make sure drivers were not operating their vehicles drunk but driving safely on New Year's Eve," commented Green. "I think we got the attention of a lot of people. We weren't being secretive about 'Operation Safe City.' We used social media and press releases to inform the public. There was a lot of buzz on social media about the number of officers who were out on the streets New Year's Eve.

"Did it have an impact?" asked Green. "Yes, it did."

Police didn't make a single DUI arrest.

"That means," continued Green, "drivers took head as to what the Helena-West Helena Police Department was doing New Year's Eve."

Green went on to say that he was proud of the men and women who worked New Year's Eve night. The operation was led by shift leaders Officer Phillip Keys and Cpl. Tyner.

"These officers put their lives on the line each and every day they put on the uniform and they deserve a big thank you," he concluded.

Without elaborating, Green reported that the H-WHPD is working on a much larger enforcement operation.