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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary


For Immediate Release
August 3, 2000
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Contact: Public Affairs Office
(850) 488-0420

DOC Joins
Fugitive Task Force

TALLAHASSEE - The Department of Corrections has joined other law enforcement agencies to form the North Florida Violent Fugitive Task Force under the direction of the U.S. Marshal's Service.

Two members of the DOC inspector general's office, Jeff Johnson and Charles Wynn, have been sworn in as deputy U.S. marshals to assist the task force. Its mission is to recapture violent fugitives, more than 2,600 of whom are at large in Florida. Johnson and Wynn will have the same authority as a full-time U.S. marshal while they serve on the task force.

Secretary of Corrections Michael Moore said the IG's participation in the task force emphasizes the agency's commitment to full professional partnership in the law enforcement community. "Membership in this important crime-fighting task force means we are serious about our public safety mission," Moore said. "We are proud to add our resources to those of other law enforcement agencies in the fight against crime."

Other task force members include the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Leon County Sheriff's Office and the Tallahassee Police Department. Approximately 20 officers from these organizations comprise the task force.