HOLIDAY ENFORCEMENT KEPT BROWARD COUNTY SAFE
- Date: January 22, 2014 PIO Number: 14-1-18
As Broward County residents ate turkey dinners, shopped for the holidays and celebrated with friends, Broward Sheriff Scott Israel directed the employees of the Broward Sheriff’s Office to create and implement various law enforcement procedures to provide a climate of safety during the holiday season. Between Nov. 22, 2013 and Jan. 3, 2014, BSO made 559 arrests and issued 2,612 traffic citations. Deputies targeted aggressive driving, drunk driving, fugitive apprehension, illegal narcotics and prostitution. During that time, BSO also did two large-scale operations involving local, state and federal partner agencies.
The holiday enforcement kicked off in late November with Operation Full Blitz, a two-day, multi-agency law enforcement operation to fight illegal drugs, prostitution, child sexual predators, drunk driving, aggressive driving and fugitives that resulted in 180 arrests and 288 traffic citations. The Broward County Drug Task force, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the U.S. Marshals, the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Homeland Security investigations, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida State Probation and Parole and police officers from the cities of Ft. Lauderdale, Hollywood, Hallandale, Lauderhill, Sunrise, Coral Springs all took part in the operation. Twenty-six firearms and more than $1 million were confiscated during the operation.
In December, BSO joined with officers from Fort Lauderdale, Sunrise, Plantation, Hallandale, Margate, Coral Springs and Coconut Creek police departments and agents from DEA, FBI, State Probation and Parole and the U.S. Marshals Service for Operation Bad Santa. Divided in groups of three, the teams combed through the streets of Broward County attempting to serve hundreds of active warrants, ranging from violent felonies to misdemeanor violations, juvenile pick-up orders and writs of bodily attachment for unpaid child support.
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