On March 21, 2012, officers from the Abilene Police Department's Patrol and Special Operations Divisions conducted an undercover prostitution sting in the 3100 block of South 1st Street. The operation resulted in the arrest of six offenders for class B misdemeanor prostitution.
The Abilene Police Department (APD) continues to police vice-related crime areas and we recently responded to calls for help from local businesses in the South First Street corridor. As most residents of Abilene know, this area is lined with motels and other businesses that are open at all hours. We listened to our community partners in this area and have been working with them since late November 2011 to rid the area of prostitution and prostitution-related crimes. This project was a directed and deliberate effort of collaboration between APD and several local businesses.
This effort took several phases. During the early stages of this project, potential vice-related activity was targeted in earlier months leading up to the prostitution sting. Those efforts resulted in 12 arrests for criminal trespass, five drug-related arrests, and eight arrests for other offenses such as public intoxication and possession of drug paraphernalia.
We believe that this effort in community policing was a success and that we have sent a strong message that prostitution will not be tolerated by this department or our community. The efforts highlighted have resulted in a decrease of calls for service in the affected area. We encourage our citizens to continue to work with law enforcement in combating crime because they are truly the first-line of defense in preventing crime.