New Bedford police make 14 arrests downtown since May

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NEW BEDFORD — In a concentrated effort to improve the quality of life in the downtown area, New Bedford police have arrested 14 individuals since May 1 for various offenses ranging from unarmed robbery to drug possession.

The crackdown by law enforcement has targeted locations known for congregations that contribute to public disturbances, such as the Serta Bus Terminal, Mechanics Lane, and the vicinity of the Main Library.

The arrests include charges for unarmed robbery, outstanding warrants, open containers of alcohol, possession of crack cocaine, and disorderly conduct.

Several individuals were apprehended while loitering and drinking on the sidewalks.

Notably, two men were taken into custody on Mechanics Lane after officers caught them smoking crack cocaine.

Others arrested had active warrants out for their arrest.

“Our city’s downtown district is important to us, and when people are actively drinking, openly using drugs, and being overall disorderly in the area, we are compelled to act,” said Police Chief Paul Oliveira. “I’m grateful for the efforts being put forth in the downtown area by our officers.”

The New Bedford Police Department emphasizes that while they do enforce the law, they also prioritize community outreach and collaboration with local organizations to provide assistance to those dealing with addiction, alcoholism, mental health issues, and homelessness, considering arrest as a measure of last resort.

Residents with information related to any criminal activity are encouraged to report it anonymously either through the department’s website at newbedfordpd.com or by calling the tip line at 508-99-CRIME.

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