Florida Sheriffs Task Force Announces Latest Operation
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Nanette Schimpf, APR, CPRC
Moore Communications Group
Broward Sheriff’s Office Public Information Office
For Immediate Release
October 26, 2012 (Fort Lauderdale, FL) – The Broward Sheriff’s Office in partnership with The Florida Sheriffs Task Force recently launched an initiative to remove felons from Florida’s streets. Operation: Felon Sweep focused on removing violent felons, felons with outstanding warrants, and sexual offenders and predators from our communities.
BSO was proud to take an active role in this initiative and to lead the charge in Broward County. During the three-week operation, BSO conducted multiple operations dealing with elderly exploitation, contractor fraud, domestic violence, sexual predators and robbery. BSO also organized a large-scale, multi-agency operation.
“The Broward Sheriff’s Office is proud to do its part to take felons off the streets,” Sheriff Al Lamberti said. “When law enforcement works together, criminals don’t stand a chance.”
The Florida Sheriffs Taskforce is proud to have coordinated this effort to make Florida’s streets safer for its citizens. This operation combined efforts from 44 Sheriff’s Offices and focused on removing violent felons and felons with outstanding warrants off the streets. In Broward County, the operation resulted in 1,093 arrests, seizures of 69 firearms, 213,575 grams of marijuana, 753 grams of cocaine, 9.475 grams of heroin, 1,576 prescription pills, 44 vehicles and $98, 857.
“Felonies are taken very seriously and we at the Florida Sheriffs Association are proud to lead this initiative to get criminals off the streets,” said FSA President, Sheriff Susan Benton. “The Florida Sheriffs Task Force will continue to work tirelessly to make Florida one of the safest states in the country.”
The Florida Sheriffs Task Force pools resources from the 67 Sheriffs’ Offices to address specific areas of concern. Past task forces have dealt with issues such as cyber sexual predators, prescription drug abuse and “deadbeat dads.” The Florida Sheriffs Task Force also is the point of contact for statewide initiatives, including helping to staff the State Emergency Operations Center and coordinating Sheriffs' offices responding to storm-ravaged communities during hurricanes and other catastrophic disasters.
The Florida Sheriffs Association is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation made up of the Sheriffs of Florida, approximately 3,500 business leaders and 70,000 citizens throughout the state. Founded in 1893, FSA has quietly served the citizens of Florida by supporting the needs of the state's law enforcement community. Through the Florida Sheriffs Association, Sheriffs are given a forum to address lawmakers to push for positive changes in Florida’s public safety arena. FSA also provides Sheriffs' Offices much-needed programs such as affordable training, special task forces and legislative and legal services. Dedicated to the prevention of juvenile delinquency and the development of lawful, productive citizens, FSA has established and funded the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches with facilities throughout the state to help restore hope, fulfill dreams, and prepare boys and girls for the future. It has grown to be one of the largest and most successful state law enforcement associations in the nation. For more information on the Florida Sheriffs Association, visit www.flsheriffs.org.