November 2, 2010
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Contact: Public Affairs Office
A strike team of law enforcement officers from the Florida Department of Corrections, Broward Sheriff's Office, the U.S. Marshall's Office, Ft. Lauderdale Police Department, Wilton Manors Police Department, and Lauderhill Police Department made surprise face-to-face contact with and searched 67 probationers. All of the probationers were sex offenders or violent felony offenders. Last night's sweep, resulted in the arrests of 3 felons who had violated their probation/supervision and 5 violation of supervision warrants being served. The sweep also resulted in the seizure of a computer with sexual material, a controlled substance without a prescription and a machete. Twenty-six state correctional probation officers from the Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, Cypress, Fort Lauderdale East, Plantation, Hollywood and Tamarac joined forces with these local, county, and federal law enforcement agencies to ensure supervised offenders were complying with the terms of their probation and not engaging in unlawful or prohibited activities.
The timing of this sweep was specifically designed to coincide with Halloween week. Sex offenders currently on supervision who are restricted from having unsupervised contact with minors had previously been instructed by their officers to comply with the following restrictions on Halloween:
“The Department's first priority is always public safety, and during Halloween we traditionally heighten our focus on ensuring sexual offenders and predators under supervision stay away from children in compliance with the terms of their supervision,” said Walter McNeil, Florida Department of Corrections Secretary.
Throughout the rest of this month, especially on Halloween, Probation Officers will be continuing close supervision and surveillance on the sex offenders and sexual predators under supervision.
The Florida Department of Corrections employs approximately 1930 probation officers to supervise more than 115,300 active probationers on community supervision throughout the state. Probation officers' duties include making contact with offenders in their homes, at work and at the probation office; monitoring payment of victim restitution and court costs; ensuring that probationers attend court-ordered treatment programs for drug, alcohol and mental health issues; conducting pre-sentence and other investigations for the Court; and answering the Court's questions regarding supervision programs, statutory provisions, out-of-state transfers, and probation violations.
For more information, contact the Department of Corrections' Office of Public Affairs at (850) 488-0420.