The streets are a little bit safer today thanks to a multi-agency investigation led by New Jersey State Police which led to 17-people being placed in handcuffs.

Over the course of two days this month, 17-fugitives, many who were wanted for violent crimes were arrested in Mercer County, according to a Tuesday announcement by New Jersey State Police.

It was the NJSP Fugitive Unit who led the investigative efforts along with detectives from the NJSP Crime Suppression Central Unit, K-9 Central Unit, Real Time Crime Center Central Unit, Gangs & Organized Crime Central Unit, and Cyber Crimes Unit, the United States Marshals Service NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force, the New Jersey Department of Corrections Special Operations Group, Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, and the Trenton Police Department who teamed up in the  two day Mobile Deployment Initiative, which also led to the discovery of five firearms.

New Jersey State Police said that the specific 17 were identified through a number of investigative efforts and agencies to identify and find those who were wanted for crimes including weapons/firearms offenses, aggravated assault, robbery, burglary, and various drug offenses.

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Following the arrests, all 17 people were brought to, and detained at the Mercer County Jail.

“By working together to locate and apprehend dangerous fugitives we help reduce crime and make our communities safer,” Acting Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin said in a written statement. “I commend the New Jersey State Police and our federal, state, county, and local partners for their work in this proactive crime suppression effort.”

“The New Jersey State Police works closely with our law enforcement partners, and we are committed to keeping our communities safe,” Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, said in a written statement. “We target these violent offenders to get them off our streets and make sure they are swiftly brought to justice.”

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