Update-- As of 11 a.m. Thursday, 32 of the 33 defendants have been arrested, according to the Austin Police Department. Only one warrant remains outstanding.
Earlier-- Austin Police Department’s Operation Safe Assistance round two has been ongoing the last two months. It’s an effort to keep track of people who commit serious crimes in the city.
In an earlier sting this year, 70 warrants put 50 suspected bad guys in jail.
“On this second one, we used 60 percent more man power,” Commander Jason Dusterhoff said. “We used organized crime division. We used our guys. We used patrol officers."
The focus is on dangerous individuals who are accused of serious crimes.
"We have people that have committed rapes, we have over 40 aggravated assaults. You name it, these people are the people we have been looking for,” Dusterhoff said.
And officers are still catching those targeted on the list. Summer efforts didn't fill up the back seats of patrol cars as much as the earlier spring sweep.
"We got 33 individuals for 40 felonies,” Dusterhoff said. “What that shows us is that we really made a difference. It got to be to the point that we weren't making 15 arrests a night. We were making six or seven."
Police saturated areas around the Salvation Army and ARCH headquarters near the entertainment district.
"This time last year, violent crime had reached a 12-year high point in downtown Austin,” Bill Brice of the Downtown Austin Alliance. “By June of this year, violent crime reached a 12-year low point.”
HALO cameras in key areas can help supply proof to prosecute those arrested.
"They have great evidence, which means we're going to get better convictions,” Dusterhoff said.
According to APD, more than 3,000 hours were dedicated to the two sting operations. Police say violent crime is down 36 percent with a 45 percent reduction in aggravated assaults in the past year.