Illinois State Police are announcing the results of Operation Project Safe Neighborhood or OPS. OPS is done to make neighborhoods safer, by preventing criminal activity and removing guns, drugs, and violent criminals from the street. This operation has been conducted since October 2021. During this period, ISP has worked jointly with departments in Peoria, Champaign, Hancock, Cass, Coles, Christian, Sangamon, Vermilion, and Moultrie. Officers worked a total of 27 details.
During this time, 85 arrests have been made, 199 warnings have been issued, and 142 citations were issued. Charges ranged from aggravated criminal sexual abuse, possession of child pornography, possession of methamphetamine, internet crimes against children, unlawful use of weapons, obstructing, manufacture/delivering cannabis, possession of a controlled substance, aggravated DUI, armed violence, driving while license suspended, and several wanted on arrest warrants.
During this massive operation, 12 guns, 1725 grams of meth, 112,665 grams of cannabis, 15 LSD doses, 14 grams of cocaine, 5,311 grams of mushrooms, and two stolen vehicles were seized. Funding for the Project Safe Neighborhood is provided for by grants through the US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance.